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Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 01:30 pm
Canon: Harold Schechter's Poe series
Pairing: Edgar Allan Poe/Bruno Saltarino
Canon Level: They Know Each Other

The second book in the series, The Humbug, has Poe working with P. T. Barnum to solve a murder. And seeing as he's working with Barnum, Poe also gets to meet all of Barnum's troupe including Bruno Saltarino, a.k.a. Bruno the Armless Wonder. I am not exaggerating even a little when I say that every time Bruno appears on the scene, Poe will comment at least once on how pretty Bruno is. Here, have a quote because this time I was able to find one:
[Bruno] was dressed somewhat in the manner of a Regency dandy, with close-fitting black pantaloons and ruffled white shirt whose empty sleeves were pinned up to his shoulders. As I gazed upward at him, I was struck anew by the exceptional, almost feminine, beauty of his features: the fine-boned face—the graceful mouth—the surpassingly warm and lustrous brown eyes, which were fixed, at that moment, upon the angelic creature standing beside me, my darling Virginia.
Poe never misses an opportunity to comment on how fine Bruno's features are. The very next paragraph after the one I quoted, he mentions Bruno's "finely molded chin." Commenting once is appreciation; commenting all the time is interest. Bruno ends up not being a good long-term partner for Poe due to plot reasons, but I am going to be in my corner by my lonesome firmly believing Poe wanted to bang that six ways from Sunday until those plot reasons occurred.

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