Excerpt from Way of Life
There are other sides to that stiﬂed self too odd sides which never could get put into words - the sense of protection you felt when you watched your mother-cat suckling her kittens; the fierce gentleness that made you go hot and cold when the girl friend put her hand inside yours; the stupid lump in your throat when you gave a kid a stick of gum if only sometimes you could goddam - well cry!
To many millions of such normal men living abnormally in England in the spring of 1944, the immensity of battle was still denied. Everybody knew that it was the spring of invasion; that one day, any day, might be D - Day. Every inch of the island was crowded with these millions, of different races and colors, all wait ing, waiting, nerves twitching to breaking - point. Now and then a murder reached the headlines, a sex crime, a fierce explosion of rioting in a city dance hall. Throughout the countryside every green hedge hid beneath its tender leaves thousands of piled shells.
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