"I WANT TO LISTEN!!!" Joseph screamed, making it impossible for anyone to listen.

"For God's sake, girl. Let your brother listen to the damned thing."

"But, Papa . . . " Marie couldn't help the whine in her voice.

Papa raised his hand. Marie decided to let her brat of a six-year-old brother listen to the radio. When Papa raised his hand, you did what you were told. Papa's hands were hard and they hurt when they hit you.

Marie had finally finished the crystal radio last night. She had worked from a set of instructions in a broadsheet . . .

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