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By May Sarton

"May Sarton ranks with some of the best of our unique novelists. a bath of summer time Days establishes as soon as and for all her unmistakable authority." —The big apple Times
The Irish property domestic Dene's court docket has been empty for years—its icy visage, shuttered home windows, and overgrown tennis court docket are a burden for its caretakers and a interest for the within reach townspeople. And so the statement that Violet Dene Gordon and her husband, Charles, are on their long ago from British Burma to settle within the long-dormant property sends a ripple of pleasure throughout the sleepy village.

For Violet, Dene's courtroom stands as a monument to her youth, yet lingering doubts stay approximately even if she and Charles should be satisfied there. including complexity to the association is the arriving of Violet's American niece, a school pupil named Sally who has been despatched via her mom on the way to placed an ocean among the impetuous younger lady and the item of her affection, an actor.

Anxiety, tempers, and long-buried feelings flare because the estate's new citizens look for a feeling of belonging and peace among its hallowed and serene partitions.

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Dehors, il croise la charrette du laitier, tirée par un gros percheron bonasse. Les bidons vides sont accrochés sur les flanc de l’attelage. … Vous comptez en tuer combien, aujourd’hui ? Enfin, son immeuble, la petite cour et le cabinet au deuxième étage. Michel a encore du mal à s’habituer. C’est son domaine, son cabinet. Il est chez lui. Dans son décor qu’il a choisi avec soin. Après la salle d’attente, son bureau pour les consultations. Tout est à sa place. Le téléphone, la table d’examen, l’armoire vitrée contenant seringues, instruments et médicaments, les deux petits fauteuils devant son bureau.

Le patron, mi-curieux, mi-attendri, lui fait alors souvent remarquer : — Elberg, j’ignore si vous traduisez strictement mes paroles mais lorsque vous parlez à ces gens-là, on dirait que vous leur apprenez qu’ils ont gagné à la loterie nationale. — Par rapport à la Roumanie, c’est un peu ça, pourtant… Michel se dévoue beaucoup pour les Roumains arrivés en France. Lui sait par où ils sont passés et mesure combien il est difficile pour les autres d’imaginer ce long calvaire. Certains réfugiés en abusent peut-être, mais quelle importance ?

Le temps de se changer, de s’engouffrer dans la Packard et ils se retrouvent à Montparnasse, dans la salle du Wahsboard qu’ils connaissent déjà, avec son style Arts déco. Ballet des garçons et des serveuses qui glissent, apportant plats et boissons. Michel adore cette ambiance, le nuage de fumée bleue au plafond, les rires qui fusent, les verres qui s’entrechoquent et la piste de danse juste devant l’orchestre. Tandis qu’ils consultent la carte, Michel commande deux coupes de champagne. — Qu’est-ce qu’on fête ?

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