By Ricardo L. Garcia
The stories during this assortment are approximately lifestyle with a few awesome components. An African American mom and daughter confront a German prisoner of conflict in a single tale, whereas in one other a coal miner’s present for braying results in a conflict among coal camps. listed here are chronicles of a Mexican barber who extracts a ghoulish revenge for being pressured to shave the beard of a killer; of the bad destiny that awaits boys who're lured right into a dancehall throughout the Lenten season through the satan and his appealing cowgirls; and of an outdated coal miner who makes an attempt to regulate his younger spouse via pretending to be the voice of the Lord. In different tales a lion who's by chance stuck and caged teaches a coal miner a lesson; crusty cowboys come to appreciate the aim of gnats and tumbleweeds and why rattlesnakes have rattles; and the Angel of dying is informed to assemble Hispanic souls otherwise. The account of a rootin’-tootin’ cowboy and his spouse who use a pitch-baby to seize a pesky jack rabbit and a fish tale around out this multiethnic number of stories. acknowledged in a full of life, funny type, the tales express how usual humans controlled to behavior dignified and chuffed lives—with occasional support from the spirit world—in a tricky social and actual environment.
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Fred shifted into low gear. At the top of the Pass, he steered the Flint to the roadside, shifted to neutral, and pulled the handbrake, the motor idling. ” “She’ll die a slow death at the zoo, with people gawking at her. ” 29 Ol’ Mama Lion Jay nodded assent. He felt better, too, and joined Fred, who was already pulling the coal bin from the backseat. They carried the bin into a thicket, set it upright, and yanked off the chicken wire. Gently, they leaned the bin on its side and backed away hastily, returning to the car.
As the Flint wobbled around the curves of each switchback, Fred realized he, they, Jay and he were exe, (9) cutioners delivering the ol’ mama lion closer to her ﬁnal doom. That’s what bothered him. He had interfered with the ol’ mama’s daily hunt for food by cornering her in the bushes and then throwing rocks at her. He had attacked her; she retaliated out of self-defense, and he cold-cocked her, accidentally, but he might have killed her. She still might die. Fred shifted into low gear. At the top of the Pass, he steered the Flint to the roadside, shifted to neutral, and pulled the handbrake, the motor idling.
The adrenaline had stopped ﬂowing, his sense of well-being displaced by a hollow feeling. He was confused and down in the mouth. Fred’s brother-in-law, Jay, waited at the long string of garages just north of the company store in Koehler. Fred wheeled the Flint in front of the garages. Pulling to a stop, he waved at Jay to approach the car. “Seeing’s believing. ” “I’ll be . . I’ll be —” “I’ll be, nothing! She pretty near kilt me. Jumped me backaways and threw me ﬂyin’ through the air. We spun like a sand devil till we hit the ground.