The School on Heart's Content Road

The School on Heart's Content Road

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The School on Heart's Content Road

Carolyn Chute

Copyright © 2008 by Carolyn Chute

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Printed in the United States of America

eBook ISBN-13: 978-1-5558-4848-4

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Welcome! to
the School on Heart's Content Road

. . . as told by Mickey Gammon and Secret Agent Jane and a little of everybody.

For
Rose and Jane,
Secret Agents

And
in heartbroken-never-forgettem
honor
of Cork Smith
and
Margaret Cannonball Chute
who were lost to us
in 2004

Author's Note

There is a character list for helping with identifying important and semi-important characters. Don't twist your head trying to keep every character straight. Continually referring to the list is not necessary. As you read along, characters who are meant to matter a lot will become obvious. On the other hand, I, myself, love character lists because I like to refresh myself on how characters look. Maybe you do too.

For the character list,
flip to the end of this book.

The Story Begins
List of Icons

Jane Meserve speaks

Home (the St. Onge Settlement)

Neighbors

Out in the world

The voice of Mammon

The screen shouts, scolds, grins, cajoles

The Agency

The future

History as it Happens

History (The Past)

God speaketh

Pluto

Crow

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