Tuesday, March 19, 2013
First Chapter Tuesday
This week's 'First Chapter, First Paragraph' as hosted by 'Bibliophile by The Sea', is taken from my latest read 'The Green Mile' by Stephen King:
'This happened in 1932, when the state penitentiary was still at Cold Mountain. And the electric chair was there, too, of course.
The inmates made joles about the chair, the way people always make jokes about things that frighten them but can't be gotten away from. The called it Old Sparky, or the Big Juicy. They made cracks about the power bill, and how Warden Moores would cook his Thanksgiving dinner that fall, with his wife, Melinda, too sick to cook.
But for the ones who actually had to sit down in that chair, the humor went out of the situation in a hurry. I presided over seventy-eight executions during my time at Cold Mountain (that's one fifure I've never been confused about; I'll remember it on my deathbed), and I think that, for most of those men, the truth of what was happening to them finally hit all the way home when their ankles were being clamped to the stout oak of "Old Sparky's" legs.'
Would you continue reading this?