By William Trevor
William Trevor is really a Chekhov for our age, and a brand new number of tales from him is usually a reason for occasion. In those twelve tales, a waiter divulges a stunning lifetime of crime to his ex-wife; a girl repeats the tale of her parents’ volatile marriage after a terrible tragedy; a schoolgirl regrets gossiping concerning the cuckolded guy who tutors her; and, within the volume’s name tale, a middle-aged accountant deals his purposes for finishing a love affair. on the center of this gorgeous assortment is Trevor’s attribute tenderness and unflinching eye for either the humanizing and dehumanizing facets of contemporary city and rural lifestyles.
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Unfortunately, yes. She's taken the memory, the soul if you will, from Ace. " Trelaw had joined in the conference, feeling slightly more qualified to deal with the Doctor's concepts. He was wary of equating a person's immortal soul with simple memory, but gave him the benefit of the doubt on poetic usage. "A computer, or a mind. She's been hiding there, plotting, only hopping out into the material world to prepare her game. " "I am fine, Doctor. " Trelaw stood, gazing worriedly at the rafters.
I've really got my head together now. " "Yes," smiled the matron, pleased. " "Why, yes," laughed the matron. "Crap," grinned Ace, standing up and ruffling her hair. " "That's a bad attitude to take if you want to get well," sighed the nurse. "If I could have a few personal statistics picked up a clipboard and pen. " "I'm an O. " "Yeah, right," Ace nodded. "I could see that one coming. " The nurse smiled brightly, licking her lips. The whole waiting room turned round and looked at Ace as if she was the victim of a vast practical joke.
Obvious, even. The only doubt he felt, even now, was in fatigue. Had the Doctor's escape from the inn meant the end of the plan? And if so, why hadn't he been spirited back to HQ? Well, he thought, climbing over the crest of a small hill, it seems not. There lay Ace, surrealistically unprotected on the altar. But where was the child priest? " shouted a voice over his intercom. And there he was behind him, chuckling in that mock-adult way of his. The laughter annoyed Hemmings. If the boy was a servant of the gods, he was a most disrespectful one.
A Bit on the Side by William Trevor