Between Noon and Three: Romance, Law, and the Outrage of Grace

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1997 - Religion - 295 pages
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Picture a college town in the mid-1970s. An English professor who has become an expert in extramarital dalliances is smitten by one of his graduate students. They meet for lunch around noon, and before three they make declarations of love. Is it possible that their subsequent affair could ultimately teach us something about true forgiveness and the radical meaning of grace? Only Robert Farrar Capon would have the audacity - and the authorial skill - to fashion such a tale. It has taken well over a decade for Between Noon and Three to appear in this, its original form. First published under two separate titles with significant parts excised and an entire section recast, the real Between Noon and Three is actually a trilogy of intertwined tales, each of which exhibits Capon's persistent insistence on the outrageous nature of grace. The original manuscript is here printed in full, including a new introduction by Capon on the work's unusual history.
 

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Contents

Law Grace and the Free Drink
3
The Tyranny of Angels
9
Twas Grace that Taught My Heart
19
Interlude with Augustine
33
The Rising Tide
37
Greater Trumps
43
Catharine
48
Death
54
To the Woodshed
127
Sticks Stones and Snake Oil
138
An Unacceptable Parable
153
Objections from the Floor
164
And Having Done That Thou Hast Donne
178
As Pants the Hart for Cooling Streams
187
THE YOUNGEST DAY
199
Rubout
201

Laura
64
Resurrection
70
Beyond All Liking and Happening
78
From Noon till Three
86
Morality vs Grace
93
Two Pauls
97
Spirituality vs Grace
106
Superstition vs Grace
112
The Picnic
117
COFFEE HOUR
125
Afterlife
209
The Four Last Things
224
Tracking the Mystery of Reconciliation
230
Remembering the Garden
239
The Outrage of Grace
251
Rigged Justice
254
The Hell of It All
265
Heaven in a Nutshell
279
Jesus Jesus Jesus
282
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Page 17 - Certainty, fidelity On the stroke of midnight pass Like vibrations of a bell, And fashionable madmen raise Their pedantic boring cry: Every farthing of the cost, All the dreaded cards foretell, Shall be paid, but from this night Not a whisper, not a thought, Not a kiss nor look be lost. Beauty, midnight, vision dies: Let the winds of dawn that blow Softly round your dreaming head Such a day of sweetness show Eye and knocking heart may bless, Find the mortal world enough...

About the author (1997)

Robert Farrar Capon is the author of numerous books and articles on cooking and theology, a passionate cook, and an Episcopal priest. He lives in Shelter Island, New York with his wife.

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