O’Connor’s “Living with a Peacock” (1961)

holiday_sept61“For a chicken that grows up to have such exceptional good looks,” O’Connor writes, “the pea cock starts life with an inauspicious appearance. The peabiddy is the color of those large objectionable moths that flutter about light bulbs on summer nights. Its only distinguished features are its eyes, a luminous gray, and a brown crest which begins to sprout front the back of its head when it is ten days old.”

From Flannery O’Connor, “Living with a Peacock,” Holiday (September, 1961)

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