Narrated by Folly Blaine.

The augur taught the girl to read letters and numbers but not the signs of the flesh. One day, when she was as tall as a fencepost, he came back from the tea fields to see her with his augury book. The anatomical sketches spread out upon the splintered table, the pages yellow and thin as butterfly’s wings. The augur lashed out with such haste it was as though his body had forgotten its age. “This is not for you,” he said, snatching the heavy book. “There is no happiness in some knowledges.”

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Read “The Augur and the Girl Left at His Door” by Greta Hayer, in Issue #306

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Greta Hayer received her MFA at the University of New Orleans and has nonfiction published in Booth and fiction appearing in Into the Ruins and Pilcrow and Dagger. She received a bachelor's degree in history from the College of Wooster, where she studied fairy tales and medieval medicine. Her nonfiction was chosen as a finalist for the 2019 Mockbee prize. She lives in New Orleans with her husband and their two strange cats.

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