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Nicholas turned at the touch of her fingers on his shoulders. She removed the
overcoat and hung it in the cupboard, on a wide wooden hanger. It smelled of the
distant city office — of ink, paper, and cigarettes. It reminded her of this same
hallway years ago: that other man, gray- haired and tired, that other coat collar,
with that same expensive, distant smell — her father, who had died and left her.
She turned back one last time. Nicholas was so handsome. His hair, now
reaching beyond ...
He did not fall, but his heels struck against the banisters, and Nicholas slowly
turned and stared at him. "What are you doing there?" "Going to the bathroom." "
On the stairs?" Nicholas made this reply from a particularly desiccated sense of
humor — it had never been a lively one — and consequently his words came out
with a kind of deadly calm that frightened Hooker. "No, sir. I mean I was going
upstairs to wash." Really, Nicholas thought, the child has no sense of humor. "
Well, then ...
Automatically he turned around to see if Rosetta had seen them, but she had not,
this time. Suddenly Nicholas went rigid. His mouth, already filled with saliva,
opened and spoke from behind his yellow, even teeth, flecked with tobacco chips
. The noise he made was not words, only syllables. He said several noises, while
his teeth closed over them in a series of expert spasms. Rosetta butterflied
forward. "Come, now," she said, as calmly as could be, to 245.
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LibraryThing ReviewAvis d'utilisateur - lkernagh - LibraryThing
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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