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By George Orwell

George Bowling, the hero of this comedian novel, is a middle-aged coverage salesman who lives in a typical English suburban row apartment with a spouse and kids. at some point, after profitable a few cash from a big gamble, he is going again to the village the place he grew up, to fish for carp in a pool he recollects from thirty years prior to. The pool, sadly, is long past, the village has replaced past attractiveness, and the crucial occasion of his vacation is an unintentional bombing via the RAF.

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Is it! MISS TESMAN.  And, what‘s more, it‘s not old, Madam Hedda. HEDDA. I really did not look closely at it, Miss Tesman. MISS TESMAN. ] Let me tell you it‘s the first time I have worn it—the very first time. TESMAN. And a very nice bonnet it is too—quite a beauty! 19 Hedda Gabler MISS TESMAN. Oh, it‘s no such great things, George. ] For this is mine too—[mutters] —not Berta‘s. TESMAN.  Only think, Hedda. HEDDA. Very handsome indeed. TESMAN.  See how handsome she is! MISS TESMAN. Oh, my dear boy, there‘s nothing new in that.

HEDDA.  And then?  ELVSTED.  And then I left the house. HEDDA. Without a word?  ELVSTED. Yes—and took the train to town. HEDDA. Why, my dear, good Thea—to think of you daring to do it!  ELVSTED. ] What else could I possibly do? HEDDA. But what do you think your husband will say when you go home again?  ELVSTED. ] Back to him? HEDDA. Of course.  ELVSTED. I shall never go back to him again. HEDDA. ] Then you have left your home—for good and all?  ELVSTED.  There was nothing else to be done. HEDDA.

TESMAN.  Elvsted. BRACK. Aha—Sheriff Elvsted‘s wife? Of course—he has been living up in their regions. TESMAN. And fancy—I‘m delighted to hear that he is quite a reformed character. BRACK. So they say. TESMAN. And then he has published a new book—eh? BRACK. Yes, indeed he has. TESMAN. And I hear it has made some sensation! BRACK. Quite an unusual sensation. 51 Hedda Gabler TESMAN.  I felt so grieved to think that he had gone irretrievably to ruin. BRACK. That was what everybody thought. TESMAN.

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