A Dark-Adapted Eye


  “A Dark-Adapted Eye” (1986) is a psychological thriller novel by Ruth Rendell, written under the nom-de-plume Barbara Vine. The novel won the American Edgar Award.   Plot Summary: Largely set during World War II, the story is told by Faith Severn, who at the prompting of a true-crime writer recounts her memories of her …

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The Quality of Mercy is Twice Blessed


  From: Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice,” 1596.   PORTIA: The quality of mercy is not strain'd, It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath: it is twice blest; It blesseth him that gives and him that takes: ‘Tis mightiest in the mightiest: it becomes The throned monarch better than his crown; His sceptre shows …

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