The Norwegian American Troll

fiction by Dennis Maulsby Father Donahey, in blue-striped pajamas and ancient checked flannel robe, sat in a Bentwood rocker in the rectory’s screened-in back porch. A gentle breeze murmured through the netting, bringing the mixed aroma of lilac, azalea, and peonies. Donahey took a sip of heavily sugared coffee and reflected upon his state of mind and body. A curl of smoke rose from the pipe on the side table. His physician and his psychologist both were trying to break him of smoking. Of course, they, Dr. Bhramari Gupta, physician, and Dr. Catherine Darcy, psychologist, never personally experienced human weakness, since they weren’t human. The first was an immortal Hindu wasp goddess and the second was the younger sister of Joan of Arc and a witch on the European model. Father Don
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The Norwegian American

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