John Walsh


I am a writer.

The Perfect Stone

Passengers on the Sargasso Sunshine seldom pause to consider their breakfast too closely, but far below decks lurks a junior employee of the Cruise Line whose job it is to remove the stones from tinned prunes.   His work is lonely and ill-rewarded but he is sustained in his daily drudge by a fable handed down through generations.  The story says that if a prune-slitter is humble and hard-working, if he does not let his mind dwell on idle fancies, nor temptation lead him astray and if the object of his affections is a moral girl of virtue, then one day, …Read more

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