By William Trevor
William Trevor is actually a Chekhov for our age, and a brand new selection of tales from him is often a reason for occasion. In those twelve tales, a waiter divulges a surprising lifetime of crime to his ex-wife; a lady repeats the tale of her parents’ volatile marriage after a terrible tragedy; a schoolgirl regrets gossiping in regards to the cuckolded guy who tutors her; and, within the volume’s identify tale, a middle-aged accountant deals his purposes for finishing a love affair. on the center of this lovely assortment is Trevor’s attribute tenderness and unflinching eye for either the humanizing and dehumanizing facets of contemporary city and rural lifestyles.
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You look in pretty good shape, except for that asthma," he continued. "Tell you the truth, I din't figure you'd make it. Most guys get staked out in the sulphur pits, it's good-bye. " Retief came up, bearing a large bag improvised from the opera cape Magnan had been wearing at the time of his dedication to the god Flith. He hoisted it inside the copter, assisted Magnan up, and followed him. " Jack inquired, looking hopefully over his shoulder. "About a million G's worth, I'd estimate," Retief said.
You accepted on my behalf, I hope," Retief said. "By no means," Magnan said in a tone of sharp rebuke. "I have reason to believe that the prizes to which he alluded are nubile young women selected for pulchritude and but scantily attired. Imagine! " Retief said. " "Never mind, Retief. " "Let's hope so," Retief said. " As the two diplomats entered Retief s office, the communicator screen set in the ornamental bookcase crackled softly. "Ah, there you are, Mag-nan," a metallic voice said. Only one familiar with the Basuran physiognomy would have recognized the composition displayed on the picture tube as the face of a living creature.
I recall the incident," Magnan said sharply. "Disgraceful. Ambassador Longspoon, suspecting nothing, downed three cups while having a cozy chat with the Groaci military attache. Alas, far from pumping General Shish of the details of the Groaci maneuvers in the Goober cluster, the colonel divulged the details of all Terrestrial peace operations in the Arm for a five»year period, resulting not only in a number of embarrassments for Secretary Barnshingle, when nosy parkers poking about in our goodwill convoys uncovered what they claimed to be offensive weapons, but also in Secretary Barnshingle's relegation to the Jaq desk in the department over which he had once towered as chief.
A Bit on the Side by William Trevor