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0124.16|         Following the pointing of her finger he took up a leg of her soiled |
0124.17| drawers from the bed. {4 [No.] No? } Then, a twisted grey garter looped
0124.18| round a |
stocking: rumpled, shiny sole.
0124.19|        --No: that book.
0124.20|     Other stocking. Her petticoat. |4.325|
0124.21|        --It must have fell down, she said.
0124.22|        He felt here and there. voglio e non vorrei. Wonder if she pronounces |
0124.23| that right: voglio. Not in the bed. Must have slid down. He stooped and |
0124.24| lifted the valance. {1 ^ The book, ^} fallen, sprawled against the bulge of
0124.25| the |
orangekeyed chamberpot.|4.330|
0124.26|        --Show here, she said. I put a mark in it. There's a word I wanted to ask |
0124.27| you.
0124.28|         She swallowed a draught of tea { 1 from her cup held by {3 [not handle]
0124.29| nothandle } }, and,|
having wiped her fingertips smartly on the blanket, began
0124.30| to search the text |
with the hairpin till she reached the word.|4.335|
0124.31|     --Met him what? he asked.
0124.32|     --Here, she said. What does that mean?
0124.33|         He leaned downward and read near her polished thumbnail.
0124.34|        --Metempsychosis?
0124.35|     --Yes. {3 [What's that?]   <What's that when it's at home?> Who's he when
0124.36| he's at home? } |
0126.01|     --Metempsychosis, he said, frowning. It's Greek: from the Greek. That |
0126.02| means the transmigration of souls.
0126.03|     --O, rocks! she said. Tell us in plain words.
0126.04|         He smiled, glancing askance at her mocking eyes. {B [Young still.]} The
0126.05| same young |
eyes. The first night after the {D [charades at] charades. }
0126.06| Dolphin's Barn. He turned over the |4.345|
smudged pages. Ruby: {D |
0126.07| [a tale of circus life] the Pride of the Ring. Hello. Illustration. Fierce |
Italian with
0126.08| carriagewhip. Must be Ruby pride of the on the floor naked. |
Sheet kindly
0126.09| lent. The monster Maffei desisted and flung his victim from him |
with an

0126.10| oath. Cruelty behind it all. Doped animals. Trapeze at Hengler's. |
Had to
0126.11| look the other way. Mob gaping. Break your neck and we'll break |4.350|
0126.12| sides. Families of them. Bone them young so they metamspychosis. } |
0126.13| That we live after death. Our souls. That a man's soul after he dies, |
0126.14| Dignam's soul_....
0126.15|     --Did you finish it? he asked.
0126.16|     --Yes, she said. There's nothing smutty in it. Is she in love with the first |4.355|
0126.17| fellow all the time?
0126.18|     --Never read it. Do you want another?
0126.19|     --Yes. Get another of Paul de Kock's. Nice name he has.
0126.20|         She poured more tea into her cup, watching it flow sideways.
0126.21|         {2 Must get that Capel street library book renewed or they'll write to |4.360|
0126.22| Kearney, my guarantor. } {1932 garantor}. Reincarnation: that's the word. |
0126.23|     --Some people believe, he said, that we go on living in another body after |
0126.24| death, that we lived before. They call it reincarnation. That we all lived |
0126.25| before on the earth thousands of years ago or some other planet. They say |
0126.26| we have forgotten it. Some say they remember their past lives. |4.365|
0126.27|         The sluggish cream wound curdling spirals through her tea. Better |
0126.28| remind her of the word: metempsychosis. An example would be better. An |
0126.29| example?
0126.30|         The Bath of the Nymph over the bed. Given away with the Easter |
0126.31| number of Photo Bits: splendid masterpiece in art colours. Tea before you |4.370|
0126.32| put milk in. Not unlike her with her hair down: slimmer. Three and six I |
0126.33| gave for the frame. She said it would look nice over the bed. Naked |
0126.34| nymphs: Greece: and for instance all the people that lived then.
0126.35|         He turned the pages back.
0128.01|     --Metempsychosis, he said, is what the ancient Greeks called it. They used |4.375|
0128.02| to believe you could be changed into an animal or a tree, for instance. What |
0128.03| they called nymphs, for example. |
0128.04|         Her spoon ceased to stir up the sugar. She gazed straight before her, |
0128.05| inhaling through her arched nostrils.
0128.06|     --There's a smell of burn, she said. Did you leave anything on the fire? |4.380|
0128.07|     --The kidney! he cried suddenly.
0128.08|         He fitted the book roughly into his inner pocket {3 [and] and,
0128.09| ^<knocking> stubbing his toes ^   |
against the broken commode }, hurried out
0128.10| towards the smell, stepping |
hastily down the stairs with a flurried
0128.11| stork's legs. Pungent smoke shot up |
in an angry jet from a side of the pan.
0128.12| By prodding a prong of the fork |4.385|
under the kidney he detached it and turned
0128.13| it {1 [over] turtle } on its back. Only a little |
burnt. He tossed it off the pan on
0128.14| to a plate and let the scanty brown gravy |
trickle over it.
Heyward Ehrlich
Department of English, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ 07102 USA
Please send email comments to ehrlich@andromeda.rutgers.edu