Ramsay is a man twice born, a man who has returned from the
hell of the battle-grave at Passchendaele in World War I decorated
with the Victoria Cross and destined to be caught in a no man''s
land where memory, history, and myth collide. As Ramsay tells his
story, it begins to seem that from boyhood, he has exerted a
perhaps mystical, perhaps pernicious, influence on those around
him. His apparently innocent involvement in such innocuous events
as the throwing of a snowball or the teaching of card tricks to a
small boy in the end prove neither innocent nor innocuous.
Fifth Business stands alone as a remarkable story told by
a rational man who discovers that the marvelous is only another
aspect of the real.