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Iris took training once a week downtown with the St. John's Ambulance nurses —
and his brother Gilbert stood for even longer periods, now, around doorways, and
at the foot of the stairs, with his glass in his hand, looking odd and fat and useless
. As people, they solidified — it was true — and they became the absolutes of all
the little things that once they had only partly been. They "froze," as Hooker said.
They got dead quiet and looked at each other all the time, talking with their eyes ...
"Oh, if I could only figure out your father, I'd have an awful big answer," she
muttered, and overhead, they heard Jessica say, "Dead! Dead! Dead!" Hooker
pressed in, and uniform buttons scratched against his ear. "She meant the baby,"
he said. "She says it's dead." They waited. At their feet, the cats, all but
Clementine, rose and turned and lay down again, with staring eyes. "That baby
has been dead months, now," said Iris. Rosetta, turning from the view of Nicholas
in the car, sat far ...
sweep up into a hardened plume. She squeaked approvingly and afterwards lay
in against his legs, which he had curved to make a nest for her. "Gilbert is dead,"
he said to her. She started to purr. Hooker's head ached. Dead people were very
faraway, he thought. He thought of them as being at sea — but not in boats, just
floating. Every one of them was by himself, and all their eyes were closed, but
they could hear, and they could think. The baby . . . Gilbert . . . Clementine ... the
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Set in the summer months of 1964, the story is about a well-to-do family of breeding residing in a wealthy neighborhood in Ontario. 11-year old Hooker Winslow is surrounded by his family, a family ... Consulter l'avis complet
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I've read this novel twice. It is a remarkable first novel; Findley lived up to this beginning and then some during his lifetime. The main character is both hero and victim even while he victimizes ... Consulter l'avis complet
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