A Sweethaven Summer by Courtney Walsh

By Courtney Walsh

A pale scrapbook finds secrets and techniques that reconnect outdated acquaintances in a spot known as Sweethaven.
Campbell Carter has come to Sweethaven looking for solutions approximately her mother's background. prior to wasting a conflict with melanoma, Suzanne Carter despatched letters to adolescence buddies from her place of origin of Sweethaven, Michigan. Suzanne's 3 pals -- Lila, Jane, and Meghan -- haven't spoken in years, but every one has items of a scrapbook they made jointly as ladies. Suzanne's letters have lured all of them again to the idyllic lakeside city, the place they meet Campbell and start to recollect what was once so detailed approximately their lengthy Sweethaven summers. because the scrapbook finds secrets and techniques from the prior, outdated wounds are mended, lives are replaced, and friendships are restored -- simply as Suzanne meant.

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Hand me the torch. Child, hand it to me now, In your mad rush you’re carrying it wrong, It isn’t straight. (gently taking one torch from cassandra) These new trials haven’t shocked you Into sanity but left you as you were. Women of Troy, come take away the torches, And let’s replace her wedding songs with tears. ) cassandra Mother, enwreathe my head; crown it with triumph. Rejoice! I’m marrying a king. Escort me, And if you think I’m dragging my feet, push me, Force me forward, for if Loxias Is still Loxias, the great Greek leader, Agamemnon, marrying me, will make A marriage more disastrous than Helen’s.

The distinction is important. Critics stirred by Hecuba’s passionate rhetoric have tended to accept at face value the assertion of human responsibility over divine responsibility, Hecuba’s insistence that Aphrodite is just another name for lust, just an excuse for bad behavior. Such a conclusion seems far too simple, however, once we recognize how Euripides uses his spectators’ knowledge of Helen’s later life to engage them in thought. 34 If there is a just Zeus, his justice eludes Hecuba’s calculus, and our own.

O gods! You useless allies in a time of need, And yet we’re helpless not to call on them Whenever trouble strikes. (rises slowly) But let me sing Of happier times one final time, so that My old good luck intensifies your pity For my bad luck now. I was a queen once, I married royalty, and I had royal sons, Supreme among all the Phrygians, sons such as No Trojan or Greek or any other foreign Mother could ever brag of having. And I, I had to watch them, son by son, brought down By the Greek spear, and for every one of them I cut my hair in mourning at their tombs.

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