the smuggler’s bible

Jane Grey

Habeas corpus. You may have the body.

But whose body, and under what authority? Some big questions loom over the practical nature of the phrase—and big questions cast long shadows.

Jane Grey looks into her own grave. Politically, socially, she is already dead. Murdered nine days ago. Soon she will be dead biologically, and what death can come after that?

She holds tight to her last shivering possession. When the guards come they will ask her to give it up, and she will release it.

She will say, “Yes, I understand.”

She will say, “You may have the body.”