A fifty-pound suitcase was a burden; a ten-pound suitcase was a weapon.
It was their hope that the large animals that were a nuisance to little people everywhere would smell the clippings and think there were full-sized human beings around.
He said he had read somewhere that the more mongrelized a person was, the better the chance that he would be healthy and intelligent.
In his younger days Jake Reinert would have disdained the idea of being the next-to-last live person in a dying place. He would rather have put a gun to his head. But life had a way of presenting you with a dogshit sandwich and tailoring events perfectly so that you just had to hang around and eat it.
’’The man is a piece of scum. But he is also probably the last Beothuk Indian left on earth."
But in my experience, nobody in this country gets rich by accident. A lot of people who haven’t gotten caught at anything are pretty ruthless. The heirs and colleagues of men like that can be pretty ruthless too.