Alchemist Gift and Alchemy 010713

Alchemist Gift 010713

History – The Slouch Hat
slouch hat from Alchemist Gift

slouch hat from Alchemist Gift


A question was asked about the slouch hat. Wikipedia describes the slouch hat as “The name “Slouch Hat” refers to the fact that one side droops down as opposed to the other which is pinned against the side of the crown.[1] This style of hat has been worn for many hundreds of years.” It was made to protect one’s face from the sun. We found a picture of it for you. It is mentioned in the first chapter of The Alchemist Gift.


Alchemist Gift Chapter 1 continued

Excerpt 3

Liz checked her reply; her reasons for leaving school were purely practical. He needed financial help and she was there for him.  Liz let go of Roland, grabbed his knee and pulled her self up to a sitting position. “Come on now, cheer up. I don’t know about you, but I’m starved. Why don’t we get going?”

“It’ll have to be your treat, again.” He said dryly.

“It’s okay, you’ll have plenty of chances to take me to breakfast.”

“Plenty, I guess.” He sat up and put his arm around Liz’s shoulder and tried to pull her back down on the bed.

“Hey, knock it off.” She wiggled away from him and stood. “You can’t have it both ways, you know.”  Liz referred to the non-answer  Roland gave her when she said they should move in together. They met in sixth grade and had an on again, off again puppy love affair through their high school and college years up until two months ago. Liz wanted something, a sign from Roland that she meant as much to him as he meant to her.

“I guess. Why can’t we have a little fun? I know you want to.” Roland tried to cup Liz’s breast with his hand; she pushed him away.

“Are we going or not?” Liz fought the urge to fall on the bed next to him and fool around.  She knew the good and the bad of Roland and was sometimes angry with herself that she loved him.

“How about just one little kiss? Or two or maybe three; then we can see if anything comes up.” Roland gave Liz a playful smile and loosely grabbed at her wrist.

“Be fair, you agreed with me we should take a break from each other and make sure our relationship is not just about the sex.”

“So, what’s the matter with sex? Anyway this no touchy (he made the air parenthesis marks around the word touchy) thing was your big idea, not my idea.” Roland chided.

His defensive mood and her serious mood charged the air with something palatable to neither. The situation did not escalate nor abate but slipped into an unsatisfying status quo.

It was Liz who spoke first, “come on honey, can we please go to breakfast now?”

“That’s a good idea. We both need to eat something.” He made himself smile when he spoke.

They left his granny flat and headed around back to the alley, on to 30th Street and down University Avenue. Liz had to quicken her pace to keep up with Roland. She took his hand as they walked.


To read the Alchemist Gift book from the beginning go to the Category, Alchemist Gift Book, and start reading at the blog: Alchemist Gift 01-05-13.


Mark Giglio, author and alchemist furniture maker

Mark Giglio, author and alchemist furniture maker

The Alchemist Gift is a book of the lives of people in the Renaissance and the alchemy that brought them all together with its repercussions on the modern-day .

I am sharing my writing process with you. I will share a few paragraphs of the book with each blog. I am still writing the book. I’d like to know how you like what you are reading. Please use the comments section to share. If you make suggestions in your comments,I may incorporate your ideas into the book. We hope you will enjoy the process as much as I do, follow the saga and share it with your friends and colleagues.


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