It Had Been a Mild, Delicate Night (Classic Reprint)
Excerpt from It Had Been a Mild, Delicate Night IT had been A MILD, delicate night. Traces of it still clung to Jaques as he shuddered With slowly growing consciousness. The insistent nudging of the park bench, the whimpering of the river tugs, the fidgeting of the dead leaves in the morning breeze, at last forced him to Open his eyes. Without changing his position, he took in his surroundings, the urchin sparrows, ﬂapping their Wings in the dust, the balls of silver paper ﬂicked by coy clerks at passing typists, the overlooked ice cream cartons, even the variegated gravel. Above the ground his inspec tion was more cursory. He ignored the violent red geraniums, the self-conscious green lawns, the trim trees and other impedimenta of public relaxation. The gleam of a freshly painted litter basket held his curious gaze for a moment, and he reserved its contents for future investigation. His bedfellows, seduced into some kind of, regulation by the symmetry of the benches, he disdained to notice. He wore his rank easily and without effort. And they, the beggars, the street-singers, the pavement-artists, the bourgeoisie of the gutter, deferred to his unquestioned prerogative. We, the cripples, mock at the helpless; had they legs, the helpless would dance the Carmagnole on the swollen dead. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
- Paperback | 134 pages
- 152 x 229 x 7mm | 191g
- 26 Jun 2017
- Forgotten Books
- Illustrations; Illustrations, black and white