Spring 1987 • Vol. IX No. 2 Fiction |

Sincerely, Yours

Isaac the Millionaire was in love. "I have met a lady," he said, "of the first degree." The chorus of afternoon prayer ground to a discontinuous mutter. There was turbulence, then an anxious calm. A bench scraped, a book fell, and Old Man Medisky jumped to bring it to his lips in atonement. "A lady of such many and varied accomplishments. A lady of such rare and exquisite charm. A lady of such property." With each word we fought the harder to lean back, but not a voice was raised against Isaac, nor an ear turned from him. "A lady of such breeding and beauty." "Yes," the Doctor whispered. "As to boggle the mind," Isaac concluded, and rocked back on his heels in mute appreciation, radiating joy, as he did when money was present. And the spell was broken. "How dare you!" the Rabbi thundered, and the congregation echoed their outraged accord. They turned as one to cast out the intruder. "But no, you do not understand," Isaac pleaded. "I make the announceme

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Melvin Jules Bukiet's "Levitation" became a part of his first book (well, first finished, second published) Stories of an Imaginary Childhood. Besides that, he's published five novels and two other collections. He's also edited three anthologies. He lives in Manhattan and teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.

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Levitation

By Melvin Jules Bukiet

Isaac the Millionaire was in love. "I have met a lady," he said, "of the first degree." The chorus of afternoon prayer ground to a discontinuous mutter. There was turbulence, […]

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