Tuesday, December 12, 2017

On Being Mysterious

by Homer Pickens of HONEY-BAKED HOMICIDE by Gayle Leeson

Do you think I'm a mysterious man? Amy, Dilly Boyd, and one of the waitresses at the Down South Cafe were talking about Stu Landon this morning. Stu is a farmer who keeps beehives and has begun selling honey at the cafe. But that's not why they were discussing him. Well, that might be what made him the topic of conversation, but they were talking about him because--they said--he was mysterious.

What makes Stu Landon so mysterious, you ask? I wondered the same thing. They said it was because he kept to himself and didn't say much. I told them I keep to myself and asked if that made me mysterious. I don't think they ever did give me a straight answer.

I rather like the thought of being seen as a man of mystery too. But there are quite a few differences between Stu and me. Stu came here about twenty years or ago and moved onto the old Carter farm. I've lived here all my life. I lived with my mother until she passed. I inherited the house, but now it's just me. That living alone thing--that's something Stu and I have in common. Of course, Amy, Jackie, and Dilly all live alone, and none of them acted like there was anything mysterious about it.

Dilly did mention that many of the women tried to fix their daughters up with Stu Landon when he first showed up in Winter Garden and that he turned them all down flat. I dated in my younger days, but I've never had women throwing their daughters at me. Does that make Stu more mysterious than me?

Jackie, the waitress at the Down South Cafe--who's also Amy's cousin, by the way--said that her grandmother--Amy's Aunt Bess--has always said that Stu is a spy. Now I know as well as anyone that Bess can spin a yarn with the best of them. But I'm thinking that might be what makes Stu more mysterious than me. People don't know anything about his past. People know all about mine. I guess if I really want to be mysterious, I'll have to move to another town. But, heck, I don't want to do that. Who'd make me my ten-o'clock sausage biscuit?

What do you think? What makes someone mysterious?




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46 comments:

  1. When they won't talk about their past. schmokercarol(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  2. People that are shy and quiet can be mysterious...but they can also be wise just to not open their mouths and make fools of themselves. Merry Christmas!suemngirl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  3. A mysterious back story that unfolds very slowly
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  4. People who won't say anything about themselves, their family etc. Every thing is strictly business. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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  5. When someone will not talk about their past life or be vague in their answers.

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  6. Someone is mysterious when they offer little about themselves.
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  7. It's always very mysterious when people won't talk about themselves because you wonder what they are hiding. lindamay4852@yahoo.com

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  8. I find someone mysterious when they won’t or don’t talk about themselves or their background. Thanks for the chance, it is much appreciated. Good luck to all. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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  9. I think someone is mysterious when they offer little about themselves. Thanks for this chance to get the books sooner, rather than later, it is much appreciated.
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  10. Mysterious individuals are sometimes introverts who are really friendly. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. People who listen and do not chat a great deal are unique. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  12. I guess I would consider someone to be mysterious if I didn't know much about this person and other family members also don't know much about that person (it's definitely rare in my family). Thanks for the chance to win. acate9(at)utk(dot)edu

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  13. I think people are mysterious when they give vague answers to questions or don't talk about things about themselves. mcastor07(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. I think we perceive someone as mysterious when they are different from us or what we consider the "norm". So what may seem mysterious to me might not to someone else. I think it's cool to think of someone mysterious only to get to know them to find out they are just different or maybe a little big fickle. Then I wonder who might perceive me that way. :)

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  15. Interesting question. I guess it's someone who guards personal information and doesn't share that information. mlarkin at rmrgroup (dot) com.

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  16. Move and miss out on his morning biscuits? I think not!
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  17. You're mysterious when you don't talk about yourself. bobwiesmann (at) gmail (dot) com

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  18. When people don’t know much about someone.
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  19. I think someone is mysterious when they don't talk much about their past. Thanks for the giveaway! aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

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  20. It's the people that leave things up to the imagination that are mysterious. You wonder because they don't just blurt it out. They do keep to themselves and observe more than others. Thanks for the chance to win!
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  21. People who ask you all the questions about you but won't answer questions of family and self when asked are mysterious to me!

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  22. What they don't say as much as what they do.
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  23. Someone who is mysterious to me, is one who will not look you in the eye when speaking or being spoken to. Thanks for the chance to win! Merry Christmas! sxygrndma48{at}yahoo{dot}com

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  24. I guess I don't know anyone that's mysterious in my life but I can pick them out in a cozy mystery. Ruth Nixon ruthenixon@sbcglobal.net

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  25. A mysterious person is someone who doesn't share anything about themself and acts strange.
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  26. Less history, more mystery seems to be true. It is easy to be intrigued by somrone who seems to be holding back details.
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  27. a mysterious person tends to be quiet, aloof, intriguing, soft spoken, intelligent and evasive, Joanne K servedogmomATyahooDOTcom

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  28. I love the Amanda Lee series. I haven't tried the other one. Woof! to Angus. A mysterious person may not talk a lot and might be evasive when questioned. He or she may wear a disguise - sunglasses and a trenchcoat - ha, ha. Oh, and a fedora.

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  29. A mysterious person is someone who does not share any information about himself.

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  30. The people I find most mysterious are those you don't know much about, either because they don't talk about themselves or maybe you just met. mbradeen@yahoo.com

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  31. Someone who doesn't tell you their hole life story &/or all their medical issues when first meeting them is mysterious. turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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  32. I mysterious person is someone who is quiet and aloof but always observe it. Thanks for the chance. Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  33. When they dont talk about themselves. Elisanabby at gmail dot com

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  34. I think the thing that makes a person mysterious is when they don't give out much information, making their life seem mysterious. catwoman-1(at)comcast(dot)net

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  35. Someone is mysterious when then they keep you guessing about what makes them tick!
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  36. Someone who is quiet and keeps to themselves. Might not share much about their past and what makes them tick. ematov(at)comcast(dot)net

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  37. People who withhold information or are not open and forthcoming are very mysterious. Of course, they could just be very private.

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  38. Kathy Mitchell
    A mysterious person is a quiet, unassuming one who goes about life in making people wonder what they have that makes one drawn to them.
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  39. Sometimes a mysterious person is one who presents him/herself differently to various people. cheers at MarjimManor do t com

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  40. A person who does not talk much about themselves is mysterious.
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  41. When they evade questions very well. anajs95(at)gmail(dot)com

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  42. Mysterious is when you can't find info about the person. kckendler at gmail dot com

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  43. What makes someone mysterious to me is sometimes just how they act, if they're always looking suspicious or maybe they just have never shared any details of their life. Thanks for the giveaway! barbie17(at)gmail(dot)com

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  45. I find quite people to be mysterious or maybe just shy.

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  46. I want to read about the dog and cat, and the food.
    I am not mysterious but find people intriguing.
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