Gabe, Bull and Pete all went to high school together, but while Gabe and Bull went to work, married, and raised families, Pete became a priest. Now, many years later, Maggie, the only woman Pete ever loved--a love Gabe and Bull never knew about, has hired the two of them to help her with some building repair. From Each Angel Burns:
The lunch was delicious and the men ate with enthusiasm. But the best part, for Maggie, was the easy camaraderie and incessant banter that went back and forth between them. Having even less experience being in the company of lifelong friends than with ordinary working men she found herself mesmerized by the good natured ribbing and the seeming endless, mutually understood jokes between them. They made her laugh out loud with stories of their football playing days including irreverent descriptions of Pete as a teammate and a classmate.
“The girls were all nuts for him,” Bull said. “All you had to do was hang out with Pete and girls would go out with you just to be with one of his friends. There wasn’t a girl in that school that didn’t throw herself at him.”
“And you never knew he wanted to be a priest?” She stared over the rim of her coffee cup.
Bull shook his head. “Not a clue. When he told us he was going into the seminary I laughed my fool ass off I thought it was such a hilarious joke. I’d a thought he’d go to Hollywood and try to get into movies or something like that.” He turned to Gabe. “You two was buddies then. What did you think?”
“I was surprised but somehow it seemed kind of natural after I thought about it.”
“Why?” Bull and Maggie said it together.
“I don’t know,” Gabe looked down at his empty plate. “There was always something about Pete that seemed almost too good for the world, y’know?”
Bull laughed but Maggie lowered her eyes and nodded.
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Arthur Silver is a "lost" boy--orphaned at the age of thirteen in New York City shortly before World War 1. He finds a place where he can hide and discovers a cache of books on plants and gardening.Here is an excerpt:
Arthur proved to be the happiest, most eager worker Ralph Jonas was ever to see. He spaded furrows and pulled up weeds and did every job Jonas gave him as though it was the most fun he’d ever had in his life. When Sophie, the kitchen maid, brought them mugs of lemonade and pieces of fresh baked apple pie, the boy swallowed his in a few bites and then asked if he could go back to the work. The sun was low in the sky when Jonas told him it was time to stop.
'What’s your name, lad?” Jonas asked rummaging in the pocket of his work pants.
"Arthur, sir, Arthur Silver.”
"Well, Sir Arthur Silver, you did a fine day’s work. Here.” He held out a quarter and the boy looked up at him with enormous eyes.
"Take it,” Jonas said. He nodded toward the shed against the brick wall at the back of the garden. “You go in there and wash up now. And if you are back here tomorrow morning at sunup I’ll have another quarter for you at the end of the day.”
"Yes, sir!” Arthur thought that was the happiest evening of his life. He was going to be a gardener. Nothing seemed more wonderful.