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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?}|4.340|
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| our
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.
[4.321]                     Following the pointing of her finger he took up a leg of her soiled
[4.322]             drawers from the bed. No? Then, a twisted grey garter looped round a
[4.323]             stocking: rumpled, shiny sole.
[4.324]                 --No: that book.
[4.325]                     Other stocking. Her petticoat.
[4.326]                 --It must have fell down, she said.
[4.327]               He felt here and there. Voglio e non vorrei. Wonder if she pronounces
[4.328]       that right: voglio. Not in the bed. Must have slid down. He stooped and
[4.329]       lifted the valance. The book, fallen, sprawled against the bulge of the
[4.330]       orangekeyed chamberpot.
[4.331]           --Show here, she said. I put a mark in it. There's a word I wanted to ask
[4.332]       you.
[4.333]               She swallowed a draught of tea from her cup held by nothandle and,
[4.334]       having wiped her fingertips smartly on the blanket, began to search the text
[4.335]       with the hairpin till she reached the word.
[4.336]           --Met him what? he asked.
[4.337]           --Here, she said. What does that mean?
[4.338]               He leaned downward and read near her polished thumbnail.
[4.339]           --Metempsychosis?
[4.340]           --Yes. Who's he when he's at home?
[4.341]           --Metempsychosis, he said, frowning. It's Greek: from the Greek. That
[4.342]       means the transmigration of souls.
[4.343]           --O, rocks! she said. Tell us in plain words.
[4.344]               He smiled, glancing askance at her mocking eyes. The same young
[4.345]       eyes. The first night after the charades. Dolphin's Barn. He turned over the
[4.346]       smudged pages. Ruby: the Pride of the Ring. Hello. Illustration. Fierce
[4.347]       Italian with carriagewhip. Must be Ruby pride of the on the floor naked.
[4.348]       Sheet kindly lent. The monster Maffei desisted and flung his victim from him
[4.349]       with an oath. Cruelty behind it all. Doped animals. Trapeze at Hengler's.
[4.350]       Had to look the other way. Mob gaping. Break your neck and we'll break
[4.351]       our sides. Families of them. Bone them young so they metamspychosis.
[4.352]       That we live after death. Our souls. That a man's soul after he dies,
[4.353]       Dignam's soul_....
[4.354]           --Did you finish it? he asked.
[4.355]           --Yes, she said. There's nothing smutty in it. Is she in love with the first
[4.356]       fellow all the time?
[4.357]           --Never read it. Do you want another?
[4.358]           --Yes. Get another of Paul de Kock's. Nice name he has.
[4.359]               She poured more tea into her cup, watching it flow sideways.
[4.360]               Must get that Capel street library book renewed or they'll write to
[4.361]       Kearney, my guarantor. Reincarnation: that's the word.
[4.362]           --Some people believe, he said, that we go on living in another body after
[4.363]       death, that we lived before. They call it reincarnation. That we all lived
[4.364]       before on the earth thousands of years ago or some other planet. They say
[4.365]       we have forgotten it. Some say they remember their past lives.
[4.366]               The sluggish cream wound curdling spirals through her tea. Better
[4.367]       remind her of the word: metempsychosis. An example would be better. An
[4.368]       example?
[4.369]               The Bath of the Nymph over the bed. Given away with the Easter
[4.370]       number of Photo Bits: splendid masterpiece in art colours. Tea before you
[4.371]       put milk in. Not unlike her with her hair down: slimmer. Three and six I
[4.372]       gave for the frame. She said it would look nice over the bed. Naked
[4.373]       nymphs: Greece: and for instance all the people that lived then.
[4.374]               He turned the pages back.
[4.375]           --Metempsychosis, he said, is what the ancient Greeks called it. They used
[4.376]       to believe you could be changed into an animal or a tree, for instance. What
[4.377]       they called nymphs, for example.
[4.378]               Her spoon ceased to stir up the sugar. She gazed straight before her,
[4.379]       inhaling through her arched nostrils.
[4.380]           --There's a smell of burn, she said. Did you leave anything on the fire?
[4.381]           --The kidney! he cried suddenly.
[4.382]               He fitted the book roughly into his inner pocket and, stubbing his toes
[4.383]       against the broken commode, hurried out towards the smell, stepping
[4.384]       hastily down the stairs with a flurried stork's legs. Pungent smoke shot up
[4.385]       in an angry jet from a side of the pan. By prodding a prong of the fork
[4.386]       under the kidney he detached it and turned it turtle on its back. Only a little
[4.387]       burnt. He tossed it off the pan on to a plate and let the scanty brown gravy
[4.388]       trickle over it.

Heyward Ehrlich, Dept of English, Rutgers University, Newark NJ 07102 USA.
Please send comments to ehrlich@andromeda.rutgers.edu -- 2 August 2001