By Simone de Beauvoir
Translated by means of Patrick O'Brian
A really easy dying has lengthy been one in all Simone de Beauvoir’s masterpieces. The profoundly relocating, daily recounting of her mother’s demise “shows the facility of compassion while it truly is allied with acute intelligence” (The Sunday Telegraph).
Powerful, touching, and infrequently surprising, this is often an end-of-life account that no reader is probably going to fail to remember.
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Powerful, touching, and occasionally surprising, this is often an end-of-life account that no reader is probably going to disregard.
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The lane at the Burtons' was a dead-end to motors, deliveries of groceries from the town usually by bicycle or a tradesman's van. The insurance, rent or tallyman for this and that knocked on the door once a week and were invited inside to be paid, a different procedure to that at home, when a knock at the door was feared, and my mother would usually send me or Peggy to say that nobody was in. Peddlers who called at the Burtons' got no response from my grandfather if he was about, though his wife Mary Ann, whose kindly Irish soul had survived intact, would buy something if she could, or offer a cup of tea if she could not.
The accomplishment of 'flowing handwriting,, or 'double writing' as my sister called it, came easily, and on Miss Chance asking whether I could use my right hand she was told I had tried but found it impossible . ' A great discovery was the list of foreign words and phrases several pages long at the back of the dictionary, an appendix not often seen these days. Hair cracks appeared in the window of my own language through which I looked at the world, splinters of Latin, French and Greek, such as nil desperandum, tempus fugit , hors de combat, lise-majeste and ariston metron.
Ivy, and her sister Emily, who was also unmarried, ~·ould occasionally take down the long tin bath and set it under a plane tree between the back door and the coal house. Showing reluctance- to say the least - with regard to water, even after they had pulled my clothes off, I wriggled out of their grasp and ran away . They chased me around the yard, merrily laughing at the fun, as if I was one of the pigs that had found a way out of the stye. Cornering me by the poultry wire, they dragged me back to a lavish coating of White Windsor soap and the cleansing I certainly needed.