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Author: J. D. Patterson
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
In the 1940's Jules Busch is a poor but independent bachelor who lives in the Little Dixie part of Missouri called Possum Walk. Possum Walk is a small agricultural community (not a town) and it is primitive (mud roads, no electricity, no indoor plumbing, wood stoves for heating and cooking, and the like). The people of Possum Walk work their subsistence farms and only a few can afford tractors. Most use horse drawn and hand equipment. The depression, which is over in certain places, still holds a firm grip here. The nearest towns, Mexico and Centralia, are also small. Jules leads a somewhat dissolute life and some refer to him as "poor white trash." Certainly he is so regarded in the community, as is his brother and mother. He has yearnings however of which he is not fully conscious. He is not sure who his father was, and even the one who so claimed, died before Jules knew him. Jules is rejected by the Army for duty in WW II because of a heart murmur. He only has a eighth grade education, however he is quite intelligent, a fact of which he is not initially aware. He has two friends, John Harrison and Willy Woolf. Harrison is a poor but well respected farmer and Woolf own a large property and is the area's rich man. Jules roams the country roads on his horse Rhony, and wears two revolvers like an old time bad man. Most respectable people keep well clear of him, at least in public, but he seems to have ample lady friends. He lives on a small isolated acreage in the middle of forest land owned by Woolf. Woolf sold him the property after Jules won a big poker pot. Wiley, his dog, is Jules' closest companion, and helps protect the property when Jules is away. Harrison encourages Jules to give up his destructive ways which include adultery, general philandering, gambling, and drinking. This good advice has little effect until Harrison dies and Jules takes a close look at himself and doesn't like what he sees. He has promised Harrison to reform sometime and realizes it's now time. He listened to Harrison, because Harrison always treated him with respect, something that few others did. Harrison also helped get him out of jail more than once. Jules believes he needs to repay his moral debt to John by helping the Harrison family (Eloise the mother, and Mary, Jany, and Jimmy the children). In particular he believes he needs to advise Harrison's young son Jimmy, more or less as John Harrison advised him. He begins to clean up his life by dropping a relationship with a married woman, Grecia Kuhn, and by getting a part time job. Along with "Uncle Tyrone," Harrison's somewhat disreputable hobo brother who arrives after John's death, Jules begins to help the Harrison family. The Harrison's sell their farm and move to Columbia, MO where the children can economically obtain degrees at the University of Missouri. Jules further troubles include the suicide of his brother triggered by the brother and his wife accidentally smothering their baby who slept in their bed. In addition the anger of the brothers (Heintz and Herman) of Klaus Kuhn, who Jules has cuckolded, causes problems. Jules is convinced by Willy Woolf that he needs to further his education as an aid to turning his life around and resolving the moral debts he owes to others and indeed to himself. To that end he works to earn a High School Equivalency and then goes to the University of Missouri where he earns a bachelor's degree (in physics), and eventually a law degree. Hard continuous study, as well as living in a cosmopolitan (for its time) town and being judged by students and professors, is a difficult adjustment for Jules After graduation, Woolf helps him join a law firm in Mexico and Jules takes over the job of working with farmers to assist them with government programs, obtaining loans, taxes, and in other ways. He also has the opportunity to aid John Harrison's son and thus square his obliga