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little facial gestures of discomfort — "how when he was a child and two or three
times he came into my bed" — Rosetta sat up very straight; Nicholas did not her
do it — "and lay with me" — straighter — "it w up at the cottage in the summer —
at Lake Simcoe, at the cottage, and he was afraid of something, rain or something
, and he lay stretched right out flat so I was aware of him from head to toe — there
would come this little shudder, this peculiar little shudder. . . ." Nicholas shook.
"There," said Jess. "Oh! It smells so," she said. "Don't—" Gilbert lowered his head.
They waited, but the word remained unattached. She let the lipstick fall into her
lap. Immediately she opened the package from Nicholas. Gilbert did not watch at
all, now. He sat with his head bowed, his hands dangling down between his legs.
Nicholas frowned. He wanted to look at Rosetta, but he could not make his head
turn in her direction. His eyes were fixed on his wife, who sat now, clown-colored,
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 birds . . . the squirrel . . . mice ... his
grandparents . . . John Harris . . . And all the time, being dead, they thought about
life and wished about it, in a brooding, worried way, because it was never
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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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