Fall 1980 • Vol. II No. 4 FictionOctober 1, 1980 |

Ray: An Excerpt from the Novella

RAY AN EXCERPT FROM THE NOVELLA Barry Hannah R 5 AY is thirty-three and he was born of decent religious parents, I say. Ray, I didn't ever think it would get to this. The woman I love and that I used to meet in the old condemned theater and we would wander around looking at the posters and worshiping the past, I just called her Sister like her parents, the Hooches, did. Her mother lives in that house with that man. Her grandmother was a Presbyterian missionary killed by the gooks. Ray, you are a doctor and you are in a hospital in Mobile, except now you are a patient but you're still me. Say what? You say you want to know who I am? I have a boat on the water. I have magnificent children. I have a wife who turns her beauty on and off like a light switch. But I can think myself out of this. My mind can do it. It did it before, can do it again, as when I was pilot of the jet when I was taking the obnoxious rich people in their Lear from Montreal to New York to Charlotte to Pensacola to

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