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By Rod Serling

Rod Serling turned a cultural icon of the twentieth Century together with his production 'The Twilight Zone,' which greater than 50 years later was once nominated via the Writers Guild of the USA because the 3rd top written tv sequence of the prior seventy years. Of the 156 Twilight area episodes, Serling wrote ninety two. within the early Nineteen Sixties, Rod Serling, novelized nineteen (19) of his scripts and released them in 3 volumes - this can be the 3rd. during this quantity, you are going to examine a con guy inflicted with the need to inform the reality; the ethical and moral clash of getting to refuse your neighbor and their little ones a secure haven; a phoney braggart thrown into the midst of the truth of his pretensions; a drunken Santa Claus who understood the genuine which means of Christmas; the desperation and futility of escaping from the top of the area; and the way a band of thieves, regardless of an ideal plan of get away, succumbs to retributive justice via their very own fingers.

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There have been “Oh’s” and “Ah’s” because the outdated guy took the pipe in trembling arms and stared at it numbly. Corwin pointed to a different previous guy. “How approximately you? ” he requested. This little outdated guy opened and closed his mouth a number of occasions sooner than a legitimate got here out. “Maybe,” he croaked, “maybe a woolen sweater? ” Corwin made a sweeping theatrical gesture. “A woolen sweater you shall have,” he trumpeted. He stopped as he reached into the bag and seemed up back. “Size? ” The outdated guy held out skinny blue-veined arms. “Who cares? ” Out of the bag got here a turtleneck cashmere, and at this aspect the previous males crowded round Corwin, their frail voices choked with desire. “Another sweater might be? ” “How approximately a few pipe tobacco? ” “A carton of cigarettes? ” “New footwear? ” “Smoking jacket? ” And at every one request, Corwin produced the specified merchandise by way of easily achieving into the bag. He used to be ignorant of Sister Florence taking a look at him angrily from the perimeter of the group. ultimately she driven her approach via to face over Corwin. “Now, what’s this all approximately? ” she requested acidly. “What’s the assumption of coming in right here and disrupting the Christmas Eve tune provider? ” Corwin laughed aloud and slapped his palms jointly. “My pricey Sister Florence,” he bubbled, “don’t question me to give an explanation for. I can’t clarify. I’m as a lot at nighttime as all people else, yet I’ve obtained a Santa Claus bag right here that offers everyone simply what they need for Christmas. And so long as it’s puttin’ out … I’m puttin’ in! ” His eyes have been rainy as he reached into the bag back. “How a few new costume, Sister Florence? ” the skinny bony girl became on her heel disapprovingly, yet now not ahead of she stuck a flash of an immense beribboned field that Corwin pulled out of the sack. back got here the voices of the previous males, light, plaintive, power, and Corwin spent the following 5 mins taking issues out of the bag, till the room appeared like the aftermath of a listing in a division shop. Corwin used to be ignorant of Sister Florence bringing the policeman in. She pointed to Corwin from the door and the cop made his far more than to him. He reached Corwin and hovered over him like a logo of all of the legislation and order on the planet. He placed his hand on Corwin’s shoulder. “It’s Corwin, ain’t it? ” he requested. Corwin obtained to his ft, the grin so vast that his jaw ached. “Henry Corwin, officer,” he introduced, after which laughed in a spasm of enjoyment. “At least it used to be Henry Corwin. probably now it’s Santa Claus or Kris Kringle—I don’t understand. ” The policeman appeared him blankly after which sniffed the air. “You’re under the influence of alcohol, ain’t yuh, Corwin? ” Corwin laughed back and the chuckle was once so marvelously wealthy and profitable and infectious that every one the outdated males joined in. “Drunk? ” Corwin shouted. “Of path I’m inebriated! obviously I’m under the influence of alcohol! I’m under the influence of alcohol with the spirit of yuletide! I’m intoxicated with the sweetness of Christmas Eve! I’m drunk with pleasure and with satisfaction! convinced, officer—by God, I’m under the influence of alcohol! ” A toothless outdated guy seemed round bewilderedly. “What was once them issues he used to be consuming? ” The policeman held up his arms back for quiet and kicked on the burlap bag meaningfully.

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