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Covenant with Death

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And your covenant with death shall wiped out and your bond with Sheol shall not stand. When the overwhelming scourge will pass through, you will be for treading under foot Gonorrhea,” Dietrich said softly, and a hundred solid citizens experienced immediate relief. Thus, the proprieties; the comforts of a dead language. A rose by any other name often smells sweeter.

I'm not ashamed to say that the conclusion of this novel brought me to tears, for several different reasons, not the least of which is the beauty of the legal system when justice is finally done. I leave you with a quote, which just happens to be the last paragraph of this book:Because you have said, We have made death our friend, and with the underworld we have made an agreement; when the overflowing waters come through they will not come near us; for we are looking to false words for help, taking cover in what is untrue:

Covenant With Death . . . showed with unbearable actuality what happened to a newly formed Sheffield regiment on the first day of the battle of the Somme' The treaty you have made with death will be abolished, and your agreement with the world of the dead will be canceled. When disaster sweeps down, you will be overcome. Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:”Harris had a father and father-in-law who fought in the battle and survived without injury, a brother-in-law and uncle who were gassed (as was my grand-dad), two uncles who lost legs, with a fourth killed. It is based on their remembrances and is very true to what happened- my Grand-dad Bunce said so.

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