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on: May 30, 2021, 09:15:14 PM
PseudoPod 759: The Withered Heart

Author: G.G. Pendarves
Narrator: Ben Meredith
Host: Alasdair Stuart
Audio Producer: Chelsea Davis

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As this was originally published as a novelette and a bit long for an episode of PseudoPod, staff turned this into an abridgement project to see if we could trim out some of the fat and keep the core of the story. What is presented is the abridged text we’ve edited. 

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Dear John,
If a fifteen years’ friendship means anything to you, come at once.

My whole future is at stake and you’ve got to come and help. It’s a very very queer thing, and Jonquil and I don’t agree at all about it. I wish to heaven we’d found the box earlier and had more time to argue it all out.

Come and see us through it.

Rafe.
May 27th, 1938.




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Reply #1 on: June 02, 2021, 01:21:05 AM
The abridged version seemed coherent. It was like listening to a bloated version of The Great Gatsby... . A really screwed up version of it. Misogynist and paternalistic characters? Heck yes. Greed? Yep. "Money. Money. Money". That was a great line.

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Otherwise, I enjoyed listening to this story. Nice!

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Reply #2 on: June 02, 2021, 08:53:06 AM
It's an older story, so the reason is probably just "he's evil, innit?"  One didn't used to need to explain why brooding dark noblemen would pursue and murder beautiful young girls; it was just kind of assumed. 

I liked the heart in the box.  It was neat.  Not my very favorite old-timey story, but I enjoy the old-timey ones a lot in general regardless.



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Reply #3 on: June 18, 2021, 07:17:07 PM
It's an older story, so the reason is probably just "he's evil, innit?"  One didn't used to need to explain why brooding dark noblemen would pursue and murder beautiful young girls; it was just kind of assumed. 

I liked the heart in the box.  It was neat.  Not my very favorite old-timey story, but I enjoy the old-timey ones a lot in general regardless.
:o I don't know what possessed me to use the above (awful) font. Sorry about that.  :-\ I needed to pull out one of my spouse's literary lenses to view this tale... as a product of its time.

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