Monday, January 19, 2015

Short Story Excerpt The Pacific by Mark Helprin

The entire story hangs on the fourth word from the end; you can search for it and read it. The short story, 5600 words, details a World War II factory worker. Here is part of a paragraph:

Paulette, who worked with an electric arc, never tired of watching this woman adjust her torch.  When she lit it, the flame was white inside but surrounded by a yellow envelope that sent up twisting columns of smoke.  Then she changed the mixture and a plug of intense white appeared at the end of the torch, in the center of a small orange flare.  When finally she got her neutral flame—with a tighter white plug, a colorless core, and a sapphire-blue casing—she lowered her mask and bent over the work.

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