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"Tietjens was overwhelming her with his great bulk. She had still lost her breath…He stooped over and said: it was the luck of the half-drunk; he said:

'They're dancing in the lounge…'

She coiled herself passionately into her wickerwork. It had dull blue cushions. She said:

'Not with anyone else…I don't want any introductions…' Fiercely!…He said:

'There's no one there that I could introduce you to…'

She said:

'Not if it's a charity!'

He said:

'I thought it might be rather dull…It's six months since I danced…' She felt beauty flowing over all her limbs. She had a gown of gold tissue. Her matchless hair was coiled over her ears…She was humming Venusberg music: she knew music if she knew nothing else…[…]

The room where they were dancing was very dark…It was queer to be in his arms…She had known better dancers…He had looked ill…Perhaps he was…Oh, poor Valentine-Elisabeth…What a funny position!…The good gramophone played…Destiny!…You see, father!…In his arms!…Of course, dancing is not really…But so near the real thing! So near!’Good luck to the special intention!…’ She had almost kissed him on the lips…All but! Effleurer, the French call it…But she was not as humble…He had pressed her tighter…All these months without…My lord did me honour…Good for Malbrouck s’en va-t-en guerre…He knew she had almost kissed him on the lips…And that his lips had almost responded…The civilian, the novelist, had turned out the last light…Tietjens said, ‘Hadn’t we better talk?…’ She said: ‘In my room, then! I’m dog-tired…I haven’t slept for six nights:…In spite of drugs…’ He said: ‘Yes. Of course! Where else?…’ Astonishingly…Her gown of gold tissue was like the colobium sindonis the King wore at the coronation…As they mounted the stairs she thought what a fat tenor Tannhäuser always was!…The Venusberg music was dinning in her ears…She said: ‘Sixty-six inexpressibles! I’m as sober as a judge…I need to be!’”

No More Parades

Parade’s End, Ford Madox Ford

When All I really want is to hate Sylvia and I just can’t.

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