Short story: “The Great Cardhouse”

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“The Great Cardhouse,” by Patricia Highsmith

First appeared in Story, vol. 36, issue 3, no. 140, May–June 1963 (there are several magazines with that title, but I think this is the one that folded in 1967); collected in Patricia Highsmith: Selected Novels and Short Stories

About 16 pages, ? words

It feels good to read a Highsmith piece with a happy ending that is neither chilling nor ambiguous nor altogether ambivalent. Some parts of this story go on a little too long—we don’t need the full tour of Lucien’s false body parts, in my opinion—but it’s ultimately satisfying.