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The alternative would have been a shabby , ignominious life at Calais , in the
shadow of Brummel and such . My father used to sit all day by the fire , inscribing
“ ideas " every now and then in a pocket THE QUARRY AND THE BEACH 5.
At dusk we shut our doors , pulled down our blinds , sat round the fire , and knew
pretty well what was going on outside . There would be long whistles in the dark ,
and when we found men lurking in our barns we feigned not to see themit was ...
... pale in the moonlight ; the dusky red fires of the limekilns glowed at the base ,
sending up a blood - red dust of sullen smoke . “ I'll swear they think they've
dropped straight into hell . “ You'll have to cut the country , John , ” he added
... outside fire his puchero and tortillasand rolled for him his provision of
cigarettes for the day . Every morning he marched up to the Casa , like a courtier ,
to attend on his king . I never saw him eat or drink anything there . He leaned a
And , as if alone intrusted with the guardianship of life's sacred fire , I was moving
amongst them , nursing my love for Seraphina . The words of Carlos were like oil
upon a flame ; it enveloped me from head to foot with a leap . I had the physical ...
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“And on this ghostly sigh, on this breath, with the feeble click of beads in the nun’s hands, a silence fell upon the room, vast as the stillness of a world of unknown faiths, loves, beliefs, of ... Read full review