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Ballad of the Sad Cafe and Other Stories The Ballad of the Sad Café, Present Day

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The Ballad of the Sad Café, Present Day

  • We begin after the story is over: a nameless, boring Southern mill town.
  • At the center of town is a quiet, half-painted house. Occasionally you spot a face in the upstairs window.
  • Once, however, there were fun times, when a café occupied the first floor of this house.
  • The café was run by Miss Amelia, and a hunchback named Lymon helped to make sure everybody who came had a good time.
  • Everything was happy there until Miss Amelia's estranged husband—having done his time in prison—came to mess it all up.

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