A Long Way From Verona by Jane Gardam

By Jane Gardam

‘I should let you know before everything that i'm now not fairly common having had a violent adventure on the age of nine'

Jessica Vye's 'violent experience' colours her schooldays and her response to the realm round her- a confining global of Order Marks, wartime regulations, viyella attire, nicely-restrained essays and dusty tea retailers. For Jessica she has been informed that she is 'beyond all attainable doubt', a born author. along with her lack of ability to comply, her absolute compulsion to inform the reality and her commitment to effectively noting her reports, she is aware this besides. yet what she doesn't understand is that the reviews that maintain and improve her burgeoning expertise will someday result in a brand new- and completely unforeseen- truth.

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I can see you're dying to go into court, you know you are, and I must get to the grocery store. The MAID leaves. JUDGE B, an elderly judge and friend of JUDGE A, comes in. JUDGE B : What's the matter? This afternoon I have a rather dreadful case to deal with. affair. JUDGE B (he sits down): Yes, the S. JUDGE A (he suddenly stands still) : Who told you? JUDGE B : It was discussed over there yesterday afternoon. A nasty case. JUDGE JUDGE A: A begins to pace up and down. What do they say? JUDGE B : Nobody envies you.

WIFE : We shouldn't always be quarreling, Karl. In the old days . • HUSBAND : I was waiting for it : "in the old days ! " I didn't want my child's mind poisoned in the old days and I don't want it poisoned now! The Informer WIFE : 47 Where is he anyway? HUSBAND : WIFE: I How do I know? Did you see him leave? HUSBAND : No. understand where he (Shouting. ) Klaus-Heinrich ! WIFE : I don't can have gone. She runs out and is heard shouting. She returns. Well, he's out. HUSBAND : WIFE : Why on earth shouldn't he be out?

46 I Bertolt Brecht HUSBAND : If these reports of the priest trials don't stop, I won't order this paper any more. WIFE : And which one will you subscribe to? It's in all of them. HUSBAND : If all the papers carry filth like that, I'll read none. I couldn't know less of what's going on in the world. WIFE : A house cleaning doesn't hurt once in a while. HUSBAND : House cleaning! That's just politics. WIFE : Anyway it's no concern of ours : we're Lutherans. HUSBAND: It' s not a matter of indifference for our people if they can't think of a church without also thinking of such abominations.

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