chapter twenty-threeGossip: The Hurt That Never Heals

“Gossip needn’t be false to be evil—there’s a lot of truth that shouldn’t be passed around.”

—Frank A. Clark

“Did you see Stanley’s car? That red Corvette he’s been so proud of. Someone’s taken a key and let his paint job have it good. Looks like whoever did it started to spell a bad word, too. Do you think Stanley’s been catting around where he shouldn’t and got caught?”

“Yeah, likely some jealous husband did it.”

Stanley, a mousy-looking accountant with a slight middle-age spread and a receding hairline hears through the grapevine later that day that he’s the biggest rake in the company. A couple of female coworkers sneer at him, and one gives him a come-hither look that is equally unwelcome. ...

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