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By Lawrence Durrell

11 fascinating, smooth sketches of diplomatic lifestyles in provider of the crown

After many years spent representing Britain around the world, Antrobus has earned a shirtful of medals and the best to move afternoons in his London membership, musing over outdated occasions. His reminiscence is lengthy, and each outdated embarrassment nonetheless rankles—no topic how ridiculous. The incident with the Yugoslav ghost teach, for example, nonetheless reasons him to clench his fists in worry. whilst he speaks of Sir Claud Polk-Mowbray, he is taking pains to reduce his voice—lest an American pay attention. And his belly hasn't ever recovered from the incident related to the fried flag.

Based on Lawrence Durrell's personal event within the diplomatic corps, Antrobus's slicing remark is drawn from the unusual and funny fact. Few are people with a greater experience of position than Durrell, or even fewer with wit to compare.

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Carcolo blinked. ” “They walk naked through sleet and storm; do you think they fear hunger? And there is wild lichen to be gathered. How could we forbid this? You might dare some sort of coercion, but not I. ” Ervis Carcolo heaved a deep disgusted sigh. “Joaz Banbeck, I took you for a man of decision. ” “Well then. ” Joaz fingered his chin. “If Coralyne recedes and we are still on Aerlith—rather than in the hold of the Basic ship—then let us plan to plunder the secrets of the sacerdotes. In the meantime I strongly recommend that you prepare Happy Valley against a new raid.

Beside the ship the insanity had quieted; the out-worlders huddled quietly beside the hull. There came a sudden mind-shattering explosion: a blankness of yellow and white fire. The ship disintegrated. A great crater marred the valley floor; fragments of metal began to fall among the attacking Banbeck warriors. Kergan Banbeck stared at the scene of destruction. Slowly, his shoulders sagging, he summoned his people and led them back to their ruined valley. At the rear, marching single-file, tied together with ropes, came the twenty-three grephs, dull-eyed, pliant, already remote from their previous existence.

Look up into the night sky, ponder the bounties which might be ours! You ask how can we implement these desires? ” “You mean—” “Communication with the worlds of men! ” Joaz Banbeck nodded dubiously. ” Carcolo held out his hands in a gesture of open-minded tolerance. “Perhaps you are right. But why should we not make inquiries of the sacerdotes? Concretely I propose as follows: that you and I agree to the mutual cause I have outlined. Next, we request an audience with the Demie Sacerdote. We put our questions.

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