By Patrick Taylor
Barry Laverty, M.B., is asking ahead to his first Christmas within the comfortable village of Ballybucklebo, a minimum of till he learns that his sweetheart, Patricia, may not be coming domestic for the vacations. That unsatisfied prospect dampens his spirits a bit, yet Barry has little time to live on his romantic disappointments. Christmas can be drawing nigh, yet there's little peace to be stumbled on on the earth, particularly for a tender health practitioner plying his exchange within the emerald hills and glens of rural Ireland.
Along along with his senior companion, general practitioner Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly, Barry has his palms complete facing seasonal coughs and colds, in addition to the occasional scientific emergency. so as to add to the doctors’ concerns, pageant arrives within the type of a patient-poaching new surgeon whose quackery threatens the well-being and wellbeing and fitness of the nice humans of Ballybucklebo. Can one territory aid 3 hungry medical professionals? Barry has his doubts.
But the wintry days and nights are usually not with no few tidings of convenience and pleasure. among their nerve-racking scientific perform, Rugby membership events, and the kiddies’ Christmas festival, the 2 medical professionals nonetheless locate time to play Santa Claus to a suffering unmarried mom with a ailing baby and never sufficient cash within the financial institution. Snow is unusual in Ulster, and so are miracles, yet that doesn’t suggest they by no means take place. . . .
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Ouviu ladrar dois cães, e isso, inexplicavelmente, ainda mais o serenou. Com diferença de séculos, os cães ladravam, o mundo era portanto o mesmo. Foi-se deitar. De tão cansado dos exercícios do dia, dormiu pesadamente, mas algumas vezes acordou, sempre quando sonhava e voltava a sonhar com uma muralha sem nada dentro e que era como um saco de boca estreita alargando o bojo até à margem do rio, e ao redor colinas arborizadas, mato, e vales, arroios, algumas casas dispersas, hortas, olivais, um largo esteiro avançando pela terra dentro.
Encontrou tudo o que antes procurara, os murmúrios, os olhares, os risinhos, e também, em um ou dois rostos, uma expressão apenas perplexa, de quem não se satisfaz com uma evidência, tendo embora de acreditar nela. Fizeram-no passar para a sala de espera da direcção e ali o deixaram ficar mais de um quarto de hora, o que serve para demonstrar a vanidade de temores que pouco têm de pontuais. Olhou o relógio, era patente que o leão se atrasara, hoje em dia é muito difícil conduzir na selva mesmo havendo estradas romanas, porém, neste caso, o mais provável é que alguém tenha pensado ser uma boa ideia recorrer a 50 tácticas psicológicas comprovadas, fazê-lo esperar para desgastar-lhe os nervos, pô-lo à beira da crise, sem defesa logo ao primeiro ataque.
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