Metroland by Julian Barnes

By Julian Barnes

Christopher and Toni present in one another the appropriate better half for that common adolescent hobby: smirking on the international as you discover it. In among education as flaneurs and the grind of college they forged a cynical eye over their quite a few dislikes: mom and dad with their lives of spotless vacancy, 3rd department (North) soccer groups, God, commuters and women, and the population of Metroland, the strip of suburban dormitory Christopher calls domestic. eager for genuine lifestyles to start, we stick with Christopher to Paris in time for les evenements of 1968, merely to overlook all of it in a haze of intercourse, French theatre and primary love, top, to Toni's sadness, again to Metroland.

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Brice: (Angrily) Mr Hodge! Look to your honour, sir! If you cannot attend to me without this foolery, nominate your second who might settle the business as between gentlemen. No doubt your friend Byron would do you the service. ) Septimus: Oh yes, he would do me the service. ) Sir -I repent your injury. You are an honest fellow with no more malice in you than poetry. Chater: (Happily) Ah well! - that is more like the thing! ) Is he apologizing? Brice: There is still the injury to his conjugal property, Mrs Chater'sChater: Tush, sir!

There is a duel. Chater dead, Byron fled! P. s. , the widow married her ladyship's brother! Do you honestly think no one wrote a word? How could they not! It dropped from sight but we will write it again! Hannah: You can, Bernard. I'm not going to take any credit, I haven't done anything. (The same thought has clearly occurred to Bernard. ) Bernard: Well, that's - very fair - generous Hannah: Prudent. Chater could have died of anything, anywhere. ) Bernard: But he fought a duel with Byron! Hannah: You haven't established it was fought.

Septimus: Your translation is quite like Chater. ) Thomasina: I know who it is, it is your friend Byron. Septimus: Lord Byron, if you please. Thomasina: Mama is in love with Lord Byron. Septimus: (Absorbed) Yes. Nonsense. Thomasina: It is not nonsense. I saw them together in the gazebo. ) Lord Byron was reading to her from his satire, and mama was laughing, with her head in her best position. Septimus: She did not understand the satire, and was showing politeness to a guest. Thomasina: She is vexed with papa for his determination to alter the park, but that alone cannot account for her politeness to a guest.

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