By Isaac Asimov
6 hommes se réunissent une fois par mois, dans le même eating place. A travel de rôle ils invitent une personne qui a une énigme policière à leur proposer, sachant que cette tierce personne n'a pas l. a. resolution. Il s'agit le plus souvent d'un problème qu'il a european dans leur vie.
Tout au lengthy du repas, les 6 veufs noirs discutent, établissent des hypothèses, pointent les faiblesses de ces dernières, échafaudent des théories.
Durant tout ce temps, Henri, le maître d'hotel, les sert, débarasse, suggest les liqueurs, mais surtout, écoute, en silence et en toute discrétion.
A l. a. fin, vous avez deviné qui trouve l. a. resolution. Elle est logique, argumentée, implacable.
Pas de grandes aventures, pas de robots, pas de house opéra, mais un Asimov tout en finesse à découvrir ou re-découvrir.
Originally titled "Banquets of the Black Widowers" (1984)
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The place was usually jammed with sleek University of Miami women, lawyers and law students, bunches of seething anti-Castro Cubans in tiger fatigues and maroon berets. “The patron saint of lost causes,” he explained, smiling. Squinting at us, he rolled a cheroot around in his mouth. He caught me staring at the tattoo of a striking cobra above the name Maybelline on his upper arm. He said he developed the peritonitis because the slopes dipped their ammo in water buffalo droppings. He took a calculator out of his front pocket and placed it on the wrought-iron table between us.
A pencil with a broken point was cocked behind his ear. ” my mother asked. While she babbled on and on about my missing father’s dismal habits and disreputable friends, he peered up at her every few seconds from his phony note-taking with dark and dreamy crocodile eyes, and he made these plaintive bubbling noises in his throat, as if he were a mourning dove or a pigeon, and sharply rattled the melting ice cubes in his glass with a snap of his hairy wrist. She sent me back into the kitchen for the pecan brownies and Sara Lee banana-apricot cake.
As much as I tried, their lives eluded me. ” They sang and bounced rhythmically to the sounds coming from the radio, and their voices fit together perfectly. He said it was a better world than people thought. Had he, I would have taken the opportunity to remind him that he was already married and had a family to take care of. When I showed the postcards to Zelda she toyed with her teacup and curled her lips. ” “But I should do something,” I said. ” There was an ironic edge to her voice that confused me even more.