By Dirk Bogarde
William Caldicott's marriage is in ruins so he has travelled to France to discover the secret of his brother James's disappearance. Upon gaining knowledge of the destiny of his brother, William additionally discovers that he has inherited the hire to James' condominium and sees this as an awesome chance to rebuild his life.
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Maintenant que tout est découvert, ils vont parler à ma position. L'IRA, les Britanniques, ma famille, mes proches, des journalistes que je n'ai même jamais rencontrés. Certains oseront vous expliquer pourquoi et remark j'en suis venu à trahir. Des livres seront peut-être écrits sur moi, et j'enrage.
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Too subtle? wondered Jacob. Not at all, apparently, for D’Ortega’s hand moved to his hip. Jacob’s eyes followed the movement as the ringed fingers curled around a scabbard. Would he? Would this curdled, arrogant fop really assault his creditor, murder him and, claiming self-defense, prerogative, rid himself of both debt and social insult even though it would mean complete financial disaster, considering that his coffers were as empty as his scabbard? The soft fingers fumbled for the absent haft.
Mostly because neither knew precisely what they were doing or how. Together, by trial and error they learned: what kept the foxes away; how and when to handle and spread manure; the difference between lethal and edible and the sweet taste of timothy grass; the features of measled swine; what turned the baby’s stool liquid and what hardened it into pain. For her Mistress, farmwork was more adventure than drudgery. Then again, thought Lina, she had Sir who pleased her more and more and soon a daughter, Patrician, both of whom dulled the regret of the short-lived infants Lina delivered and buried each subsequent year.
We wait more and so long that I do not save my bread and codfish. I eat all the cod. Lina holds her forehead in her hand, her elbow on her knee. She gives off a bad feeling so I keep my thoughts on the goatherd’s hat. The wind is chill and smells of snow. qxp 8/1/08 9:32 AM Page 39 3 9 wagon is here. I climb up. The driver helps me, stays his hand hard and long on my back parts. I feel shame. We are seven, apart from the brothers Ney, and the horses are not the only ones made nervous by snowflakes in springtime.
A Period of Adjustment by Dirk Bogarde