His Unconquerable Enemy (an old fashioned tale of quadriplegic revenge)
12/20/2009 § Leave a comment
“Oh, the desperate, insane thirst for revenge which could have unhinged so clear and firm a mind.”
It is not really my intention to keep posting about stories from the Library of America’s American Fantastic Tales (though they all merit inclusion), but I’m too lazy to read other stuff right now, and this story by W.C. Morrow is too good to ignore.
It’s a pretty straightforward story of revenge. It’s only a few pages long and details a quadriplegic’s plot against the man who had his limbs amputated, the rajah. So this rajah has his limbs amputated and then places him in a cage high above a grand ballroom with an open top, to make feeding time easier for the guards. Then, in the rajah’s increasing perversity he just stops by the punished man’s cage all the time and hangs out in the room with him. They sort of watch each other with decreasing interest.
And just when you think revenge isn’t going to happen, revenge happens.
The story goes quickly, told with a sense of urgency. The unbelievability of the whole thing is lost in the blurred confusion of the descriptive language and hurried pace.
Just read it. After reading such an outrageously impossible and disturbing story you’ll be surprised at the inexplicable smile across your face.