By Javier Marías
At excessive desk in an Oxford university, the gorgeous younger teach Clare Bayes attracted all eyes, no longer least to her fetching decollettage. No one's eyes have been sharper, although, than these of the vacationing Spanish lecturer, invited as a visitor in this get together, and finally the 2 children have been fanatics, unbeknown to Clare's husband. And if the Spaniard was once at pains to hide their tracks, his cherished left proof of adultery with homosexual abandon - and all this in a college that used to be a forcing apartment of gossip and intrigue, a spot the place "at each be aware a name dies".
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His eyes followed along the shapeless bundles of blood-flecked uniform till they suddenly turned away. Where the middle of the man had been, where had been the curved belly and the genitals, where the thighs had joined with a strong swerving of muscles to the trunk, was a depression, a hollow pool of blood, that glinted a little in the cold diffusion of grey light from the west. 11 Only the over-deliberate touch of lyrical sentiment in its conclusion spoils this moment. Otherwise, in its solid simplicity it achieves exactly what has hitherto been missing: the location of a single barbarity compelling and insuppressible in its ghastliness.
It seems to me ... that human society has always been that, and perhaps will be always that: organizations growing and stifling individuals, and individuals revolting hopelessly against them, and at last forming new societies to crush the old societies and becoming slaves again in their turn .. ' 43 To which Gevevieve quite naturally replies, 'I thought you were a socialist'. But in fact there is nothing in Andrews's experience that could possibly give him grounds for belief in socialism, other than as a source of quasi-poetic slogans.
In the imagistic colourings of the landscape- quiet, controlled- is evidence of a vision alert for the precise appearance of new sights and reluctant to force on to them any purely literary significance or any ironic, fateful premonitions. 'Through his port-hole in the yet colourless dawn he saw the reddish water of the river with black-hulled sailing-boats on it and a few lanky steamers of a pattern he had never seen before. ' 4 Martin's own innocence is thus underlined, an innocence in its way just as fundamental as that of the other ambulancemen, non-artists with their Western casualness of speech and their native, unreflecting puritanism.