We’ll have to appropriate it. We can’t have this monstrosity spoiling our new subdivision.”
“Does the owner say why she won’t sell?”
“Sentimental reasons. Years back Buckwold House was a rehab hospital for war veterans. She nursed here, met her sweetheart, but he never recovered enough to leave the place. I gather she visited him faithfully until the day he died. Later she inherited a bundle and bought the property. She’s been here ever since — refusing all offers.”
“Well, you can’t fight City Hall.”
Next day’s news headline read: “Buckwold House spinster dies of heart failure.”
The battle was over.