By Odo Hirsch
The Bell family's ancestors have been showered with honours, presents and supplies of land. In trade, they've got bestowed a present, as soon as each 25 years, in town. The presents have ranged from a statue to a bell tower with stained-glass home windows, yet now it's Darius's father's flip - and there's no funds for a magnificent present. It seems as if a wheelbarrow choked with greens is the easiest they could do. Darius is set to maintain the kinfolk honour, and while an earthquake unearths an excellent cave, with the main attractive minerals lining the partitions, he thinks he's chanced on the answer...
A splendidly fulfilling novel - enjoyable to learn, thought-provoking and clever.
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A very short time, thought Darius. ‘An eternity. An eon. ’ ‘Thirty days, Papa. ‘Thirty-one, in many cases. They say Rome wasn’t built in a day. But a month? ’ cried Darius in exasperation. ‘If we don’t give a Gift, we lose the House. Isn’t that right? ’ 38 Darius stared at his father. Quite a lot of use. Somewhere to live, for a start. Hector Bell chuckled again. ‘I’m joking, Darius. ’ ‘Papa, we could sell a part of it,’ said Darius. The estate was big. They could sell a part of it and use the money to provide the Gift.
It’s his choice. He could give them a dollar. ’ said Darius. 33 ‘No problem, except for the fact that Papa could never do that because it would destroy the family honour. It has to be something big and amazing or the family honour will go. That’s all that matters, Darius, remember? Family honour. ’ ‘Who knows? ’ Cyrus glanced at his brother. ‘Let’s see how brave you are, Darius. ’ 34 chapter 4 Darius’s father was in his writing room. This had once been a music room, and one of the earlier Bells had covered its walls with red leather in the belief that this would improve the quality of sound.
Think about it. ’ Darius did want to do that. When he was old enough to go to university, he wanted to learn to do something important. Maybe he would be a scientist or an architect. Or maybe an engineer, like Cyrus. But he wasn’t sure if that meant he had to turn his back on everything that had happened before. Cyrus seemed almost to take a kind of pleasure in telling his father that everything that had happened before was irrelevant. The more it hurt his father, the more pleasure he seemed to take.
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