Afterlife: A Divine Comedy by Donald Denoon

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I didn’t think of this as a conquest but my ‘mates’ certainly did and I basked in their envy. That surrogate feeling was so much like the guilty pleasure of conquest that I refused to discuss it with Win. So I became Win’s guide, adviser and confidant as she found her way to university, to digs and to the Education Faculty to train as a primary school teacher. And then, delayed by my inhibitions as her mentor, there was sex. ) cannot believe how slowly we moved — so they know nothing of pleasures deferred.

Heartfelt but incoherent; ‘Hold on 52 afterLIFE please, Althea … Shit! So sorry. Stupid of me, I know exactly who. Of course I do, you’re Althea’s sister Winfield. Christ: I mean Winifred. Winifred Jolliffe. Of course. ’ The perfect recall is the result of the blistering pain of that moment. In 10 seconds or less, how often can you offend a girl? It’s a miracle that anything survived her shyness and my clumsiness. That’s the charitable view. Another reading is that we prefigured everything that shaped — and doomed — our relationship.

And they were leaders in style and sophistication. It was Harriet who induced hostesses to serve tinned beetroot and asparagus in green salads, and it was she who introduced dress fashions to Cardigan City. 48 afterLIFE They had an architect son in California or Washington or somewhere equally beyond normal ambition. And they had daughters — Althea and Winifred — of heart-stopping exquisiteness. Forty years later my pulse races when I relive the first time I saw them glide into church, backlit by the rose window (or my pulse would race, if I had one).

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