A Sound of Thunder And Other Stories

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The three women’s mouths twitched over their work. Their bodies lay back and then imperceptibly forward, so that the rocking chairs tilted and murmured. Each woman looked to her own hands, as if quit...e suddenly she had found her heart beating there.
“What time is it?”
“Ten minutes to five.”
“Got to get up in a minute and shell those peas for dinner.”
“But—” said one of them.
“Oh yes, I forgot. How foolish of me.... ” the first woman paused, put down her embroidery and needle, and looked through the open porch door, through the warm interior of the quiet house, to the silent kitchen. There upon the table, seeming more like symbols of domesticity than anything she had ever seen in her life, lay the mound of fresh-washed peas in their neat, resilient jackets, waiting for her fingers to bring them into the world.
“Go hull them if it’ll make you feel good,” said the second woman.
“No,” said the first. “I won’t. I just won’t.”
The third woman sighed. She embroidered a rose, a leaf, a daisy on a green field.
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