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Dining Room, 1811

From: The Missouri Review
Volume 36, Number 1, 2013
p. 42 | 10.1353/mis.2013.0028

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The gunpowder stench from the sleeves
of his fine militia jacket still hung heavily
on his side of the table, even after Adellaide
had washed it twice. Gem brought in dishes
of bisque on saucers, careful
not to let her fingers touch the food.

“I’ve heard they’re all accounted for
from St. Charles Parish,” said his father.
“And five of them your kills,”
his father said, toasting his son
with his spoon. Gem left the room
with her hands in her apron.

“Seven,” said the son. “Five shot in the woods,
but two were saved and sent
for trying on the property.”
“A trial?” his mother asked, dabbing broth
from her bottom lip. “For runaways?”

“Who ran away?” asked his small sister.

“The trials are a fine thing,” his father said,
“so all can see. They drove the heads
of the last set onto pikes at the levee.”

The son flexed his shoulders until the seams
tensed. He wished the smell
would wash out. “A fine thing,” he echoed.
Gem slipped back in, refilled their water glasses.
Sweat rose in beads on the sides.

“Pike?” the little one asked.
The son held the food in his mouth,
unable to swallow until he was certain
no one would give her an answer.

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Katie Bickham. "Dining Room, 1811, and: Kitchen, 1850, and: Master Bedroom, 1859, and: Front Porch, 1900, and: Widow’s Walk, 1917, and: Child’s Bedroom, 1933, and: Parlor, 2012." The Missouri Review 36.1 (2013): 41-52. Project MUSE. Web. 22 Jul. 2014. <http://muse.jhu.edu/>.
Bickham, K.(2013). Dining Room, 1811, and: Kitchen, 1850, and: Master Bedroom, 1859, and: Front Porch, 1900, and: Widow’s Walk, 1917, and: Child’s Bedroom, 1933, and: Parlor, 2012. The Missouri Review 36(1), 41-52. University of Missouri. Retrieved July 22, 2014, from Project MUSE database.
Katie Bickham. "Dining Room, 1811, and: Kitchen, 1850, and: Master Bedroom, 1859, and: Front Porch, 1900, and: Widow’s Walk, 1917, and: Child’s Bedroom, 1933, and: Parlor, 2012." The Missouri Review 36, no. 1 (2013): 41-52. http://muse.jhu.edu/ (accessed July 22, 2014).
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