By Jane Gardam
‘I should let you know in the beginning that i'm now not really general having had a violent adventure on the age of nine'
Jessica Vye's 'violent experience' shades her schooldays and her response to the area round her- a confining international of Order Marks, wartime regulations, viyella attire, nicely-restrained essays and dusty tea retailers. For Jessica she has been informed that she is 'beyond all attainable doubt', a born author. together with her lack of ability to comply, her absolute compulsion to inform the reality and her commitment to safely noting her stories, she is aware this besides. yet what she doesn't be aware of is that the reviews that maintain and improve her burgeoning expertise will in the future result in a brand new- and fully unforeseen- fact.
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Yet how it went on growing. I believe I shall grow faster. " He smiled at me, half proud of his speech. Then he swung into the seat of the machine, having attended to the horses' heads. He lifted the knife. "Good-bye," he said, smiling whimsically back at me. The machine started. The bed of the knife fell, and the grass shivered and dropped over. I watched the heads of the daisies and the splendid lines of the cocksfool grass quiver, shake against the crimson burnet, and drop over. The machine went singing down the field, leaving a track of smooth, velvet green in the way of the swath-board.
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A Long Way From Verona by Jane Gardam