The pressure to do something—anything—to stop George from continuing his pursuit of Poly reached a fever pitch one day when Thanasis was approached by Mary, the wife of a poor shepherd, while at his fields in Maraveli.

“Linatsas,” she said, using George’s nickname, “told me he’s planning to divorce Panayota so he can marry Poly.”

Thanasis felt his blood boil. He had already discussed the issue with Polyxeni, Aggelo, and his other sister Papadia, who had insisted that he take the matter to Poly’s father. Aggelo, in fact, had already approached Panayota, who had denied the rumors and attributed them to malicious gossip. Thanasis had at first resisted the idea of confronting Poly’s father, who was his cousin, after all.

Yet here was Mary, not known as a gossip, confirming what everyone suspected. How could he not get involved?

Thanasis thanked Mary for her candor and then marched straight to his cousin’s house.

“I knew George was after my daughter,” Poly’s father said in an alarmed tone after Thanasis told him what George was doing, “but I had no idea he was actually planning on divorcing Panayota. I’m going to have a long talk with Poly.”

A few weeks later, Thanasis met again with Poly’s father after it had become apparent that his talk had not produced the desired results. George was still inventing ways to get close to her.

“I will either have to leave the village with her,” Poly’s father said, “or kill the bastard.”

This is a short excerpt from the book, “Better Dead Than Divorced”. Get your copy at Amazon.