All Stories by Alexander Grin

Excerpts from The Shining World
By Underpass Editors Posted on: 7/23/2017

The last act, that was to be followed by “The Double Star,” was called “The Failure of Fetters.” It presented a short and stout, deep-chested man, who was bound hand and foot with arm-thick ropes and wire. To crown it all, shackles begirded his wrists and ankles. He was then hidden under a sheet. He fidgeted under it for a minute or two and emerged completely free; the fetters were lying about in the sand. He left. Deep, poignant silence broke down. The music started and stopped. The circus breathed inaudibly. Infectious anticipation traveled from heart to heart, stringing up all senses; the stares were piercing the curtain, silently calling for the promised spectacle.

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