Thursday, June 3, 2010

Permission to treat the witness as hostile?

Current book: In Cold Blood
Pages read: 217 - 302

They both get arrested. Perry rats Dick out. They both confess. They're currently on trial. Can you tell I don't care?

I don't know; it's not like there's that much to say. They give an account of the crime that pretty much amounts to trying to find the nonexistent safe and then killing everybody because they'd only get into more trouble if they left the family alive. Perry did all the shooting, and is clearly disturbed, whereas Dick was inclined to leave without killing anybody, and is merely a terrible person. Dick, in jail, has tamed a squirrel and gotten in touch with an old friend from the the army. (Squirrel-taming? Really? Those suckers are feral. Just saying.) Clearly, Capote has some sympathy for him, or he wouldn't be telling us stuff like that. Perry, though, honestly seems to have some kind of detachment disorder and is arguably insane enough to plead it as a defense. We don't know the trial's outcome yet, but the State is seeking the death penalty, and seeing as Dick and Perry's rather apathetic lawyer didn't get a change of venue, things are looking pretty bleak for the defendants.

I don't have huge exciting cooking plans for the weekend, though I made a simple version of Chicken Marsala last night that took all of 20 minutes and tasted amazing. So that was nice. I made brownies today, too, but I used a box. Oh, whatever. I hear you judging, but frankly, scratch brownies usually aren't as good. (Plus, I employ the vital secret of adding instant coffee powder and double-strength vanilla to the box mix. Now you too can employ that vital secret.)

1 comment:

  1. I've got just the plan for Dick...and his little squirrel too!



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