Chapter 10 Summary

The legend of these two unnamed babies, still not breathing, is a simple one: identical twins born to a nun who died in childbirth, father unknown, “possibly but inconceivably” the sons of Dr. Thomas Stone. It is a legend that has grown and changed over time, with new details occasionally coming to light. Now, fifty years later, Marion is still unsure about some of the particulars. He recalls—is sure he remembers—rescuing his brother from some kind of a spear and being wrenched from the womb and even lying in a copper basin, not breathing, but what he remembers most is being separated from his brother, Shiva.

The nurse probationer takes both of the tiny babies in the copper basin used for placentas to the window...

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