Norman Baal was not an ordinary man in the town of Hutch. His aura held a persuasive sway on the moral tone of the people, like a compass for the town’s spirit or a lens through which men interpreted life. In fact, in his early years, he once turned the whole of Hutch against a small sect who had resisted his bidding. But his character had softened since then: “A different man, less pushy,’ many stated.
When his children, Bill, Oscar, and Louise, were nearing adulthood, Norman, ever ready to give his admired advice, bestowed his best wishes for their future. For Bill, he argued in favor of a