Glimmer of the Moon
The climax of Glimmer of the Moon happens at the Stephen Foster Memorial in Florida. Tonia finds bitter-sweet love along the Suwannee River and a heart’s desire…
Eagleton didn’t shout, rant, curse or insult his players as some orchestra conductors did. That wasn’t his style, Tonia thought. By merely raising a black eyebrow at mistakes, you somehow knew you were a musical idiot. And with only the slightest chance of eventual improvement – with his help of course.
Sometimes she hated him. But in calmer moments she recognized her envy and knew how fiercely she wanted to possess his degree of musical knowledge. Standley Kenneth Eagleton’s expertise put him into a separate category. Genius, or as close as she was likely to encounter. Eagleton (she always thought of him by his last name) breathed the remote air of excellence. When she was honest with herself, she admitted that his arrogance was indeed unconscious. And that this unconscious arrogance was fed, in fact, from his welling reservoir of brilliance, knowledge, and expertise. It quite simply didn’t occur to him that others hadn’t yet reached his level. Didn’t possess his dedication. He treated them as musical equals, and was upset when they proved not to be. Standley K. Eagleton made it abundantly clear he’d be satisfied with nothing less than perfection.