Welcome to the conclusion of The Mark Steyn Club's first Christmas Tale for Our Time this holiday season. We're spending a few nights with Damon Runyon, famed for Guys & Dolls but with a few Yuletide yarns tucked away in the back of the oeuvre.
In tonight's concluding episode of this first Runyon tale, our three wise guys are in pursuit of some stashed loot and following a star in the sky:
I hear The Dutchman say the old barn is now only a short distance away, and by this time it is dark, and colder than a deputy sheriff's heart, and there is snow on the ground, although it is clear overhead, and I am wishing I am back in Mindy's restaurant wrapping myself around a nice T-bone steak, when I hear Blondy Swanson ask The Dutchman if he is sure he knows where he is going, as this seems to be an untraveled road, and The Dutchman states as follows: "Why," he says, "I know I am on the right road. I am following the big star you see up ahead of us, because I remember seeing this star always in front of me when I am going along the road before."
So we keep following the star, but it turns out that it is not a star at all, but a light shining from the window of a ramshackle old frame building pretty well off to one side of the road and on a rise of ground, and when The Dutchman sees this light, he is greatly nonplussed indeed...
And who wants to be nonplussed on Christmas Eve? To hear the conclusion of Three Wise Guys, please click here and log-in.
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