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By Odo Hirsch

The Bell family's ancestors have been showered with honours, presents and promises 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 truly is Darius's father's flip - and there's no funds for a magnificent reward. It seems to be as if a wheelbarrow choked with greens is the easiest they could do. Darius is decided to maintain the kin honour, and while an earthquake finds a wonderful cave, with the main appealing minerals lining the partitions, he thinks he is stumbled on the answer...A splendidly fulfilling novel - enjoyable to learn, thought-provoking and clever.

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Darius’s father jumped up, his serviette nonetheless tucked into the pinnacle of his dressing dress. He ran out of the home. every person him. outdoors, Hector Bell stood in amazement, pointing up on the clock tower. The final of the chimes had simply died away. fifty eight The clock had pointed at twenty-three to 9 ever given that Darius may possibly take into account. but now it confirmed 11 o’clock. or even notwithstanding the time used to be simply after 8 within the morning, it not anything wanting a miracle. ‘That clock hasn’t moved in forty-two years,’ stated Hector, shaking his head in disbelief. ‘The earthquake should have loosened it,’ stated Cyrus. ‘So a scientist may say,’ spoke back Hector. ‘Yet to a guy of literary sensibilities, Cyrus, the importance is altogether diversified. ’ Cyrus rolled his eyes. ‘I ask yourself what else has happened,’ remarked Darius’s father, with a wierd enthusiasm in his voice. Darius puzzled even if his father realised that whether an earthquake could begin a rusted clock, its different results have been ordinarily of a extra destructive type. Hector Bell passed his serviette to Darius’s mom. Then, nonetheless wearing his dressing dress, he trigger on a journey of inspection of the home. Darius went with him. So did Cyrus, performing as though he didn’t fairly care what had occurred to the home, muttering that it'd be the easiest factor for them all if it easily collapsed in a heap. on the grounds that with reference to every thing in Bell condo was once short of fix to begin with, all types of youngster harm had fifty nine taken position. Tiles had come off the roof, pipes had loosened. they discovered rooms the place chunks of plaster had fallen off the ceiling, and rooms the place home windows had cracked. photograph frames had shaken free and gadgets had tumbled off cabinets. The crammed head of an elk, which have been hunted through a long-dead Bell and held on the wall above the fi rst touchdown of the east staircase, now hung the wrong way up, its large antlers pointing on the flooring. Hector Bell exclaimed approximately every one new piece of wear and tear with exuberance, as though they have been on a few kind of safari and every discovery was once a sight to be precious. within the eco-friendly eating room, the wallpaper had peeled partly down the partitions like lengthy, wilting leaves. It was once a fascinating impact, proposal Darius, and a bit spooky. His father gazed at it for a very long time, and Darius suspected this could look in a single of his brief tales. in reality, he suspected that very quickly there will be a brief tale approximately an earthquake that came about in the course of the evening and miraculously all started a long-silent clock, and that every little thing else they have been seeing would seem in it in addition. And he suspected that this tale will be written lengthy sooner than any of these items have been repaired. yet Darius’s father didn’t pass from now on in his inspection safari than the home. He didn’t exit into the property, hoping on the others who lived and labored there 60 to tell him if whatever had occurred. and so they, after all, knew simply concerning the components of the property that they used. If whatever had occurred in different places within the grounds, nobody may have identified.

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