In Guernsey where the ghost of Victor Hugo rides the narrow streets like a roller coaster, we go to Eucharist at the old Town Church of St. Peter Port, discover that the Very Reverend Canon is retiring soon, the after-service cookies and tea designed to mark the day in an understated way. We are welcomed, but reluctant to intrude. Later we learn that Hauteville House is closed today, only a placard outside the modest island home where Hugo wrote. There the same deep violet wisteria that we noticed climbing the stone of the great church shrieks with delight, falls fast and violent from the locked iron gate —by Mary M. Brown Bio: Mary M. Brown lives and writes in Anderson, Indiana, a Hoosier not by birth but by long residence and disposition. She taught literature and creative writing at Ind
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