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Yet it was important to him to appear independent; he would never have told Paul that he'd changed his mind. But he did ask Paul wistfully if he would be at home to greet him when he arrived. "Of course, " said Paul. "We'll have something to eat before I leave for the theater. Everything will be ready for you. Just tell me what time your plane gets in. " "Around three-thirty.more...

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He was running and run- ning in a field without trees, without boundaries. Glowing with exhilara- tion, he hurtled faster and faster over the dense grasses, never tripping, never falling. Then the nurse's voice roused him, and he found himself in the hospital bed in the middle of the night, with the injured foot throb- bing. At the instant when the foot was broken, the pain had been clear and sharp--a breathtaking pain, literally, for it had made him faint. Now he felt a muddied, excruciating ache all through the damaged appendage, reaching up his leg. Once awake, he was grateful for more pain medica- tion. Then he sought to expunge the sounds of the hospital from his mind, and to sleep again. 318 22 Chapter As they were leaving the hospital, Jeanne invited Althea and Bryce out for coffee, but Bryce excused himself. He was too tired, he said.more...

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He advanced, and she thought he was going to embrace her. Instead he locked the windows and drew the curtains and secured the chain on the door. He is careful, even obsessive, she observed, disappointed. At last, at his touch, a shiver went through her like a wave. The sound of his voice calmed her. Raising her face to his, he kissed her, and at once he began to undress her. He took her by surprise.more...

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Perhaps this is love, he thought, and if it's not, then I can't express it. What he really wanted was to return to New York to find Paul waiting for him with a greeting and an embrace, as he once had waited for Paul. His hopes were connected to this image of Paul reaching out in welcome and taking him in his arms as if nothing had ever led him to think it might be otherwise. He yearned for this scenario while he realized it was a fantasy. All his questions about their future remained unasked and un- answered. * * * His father's invitation to accompany him to Florida allowed Bryce to postpone a return to New York that he was reluctant to undertake while Paul was still away on tour. Originally Bryce wasn't included in his par- ents' plans for the trip, whose purpose was to find a vacation home to buy. The destination was Sanibel Island, a mangrove and barrier island in southwest Florida, where Russell and Mary had spent some time be- fore in the company of friends. For Russell the encounter with the island had been love at first sight.more...

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At the margins of the train the quivering is greatest, a fleeting shimmer of the deep blue ocelli ringed by gold. It was a beautiful vision: the peacock renewed, triumphant. Paul real- ized he was trembling. He sensed himself on the edge of some revela- tion, but what? The peacock's dance was like his own culmination. He imagined it, he felt it--the radiance he strove to create each time he went onstage.more...

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First they were to appear in Northampton and then in the Boston area. After that, they would have a week's break before dancing in Hartford and New Haven. From there, they would return to New 183 York for a week's engagement at the Joyce Theater. However, Paul didn't have to be in Northampton until the technical rehearsal, which was set for Wednesday, October 15. In the meantime, he planned to spend a few days by himself in the Connecticut countryside. Although he was a child of the Midwest, he felt a spiritual affinity with New England in the fall. He enjoyed the fact that New England was wilder now than it had been a century ago. He liked the woods that were young enough to feel familiar. He liked the old homes, so beautifully maintained, the village greens, the overgrown hills, and the fields where horses grazed.more...

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" "Great. Do you have a preference?" "No, you name it. " Althea had to tell him twice before he heard it. It was too much of an effort to speak any longer, and Paul didn't offer to call her back. Her goodbye was strangled by the click of his hanging up. Slowly she placed the receiver in its cradle. She suddenly felt light-headed.more...

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Kurt wondered. "Perhaps not. " In the old gesture of courtesy, he extended his arm. "Let me see you inside. " She took his arm. Sedately, they began to mount the short flight of steps to the front door of her building. A finger of wind coming off the river slid up the street. Althea's kimono flapped against her legs. Wast- ing no time, she unlocked the front door.more...

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When Don didn't answer, Paul considered that he might be hard of hearing, at least when it suited him to be. In the ensuing pause, the idea of the harp appealed to Paul all the more. Yet Don had just hesitated with his answer. "I don't think it would pay to repair this, unless it affected the sound, and then you'd have to replace the whole board. " "I'll take it anyway, depending on the price. " Paul was picturing the harp in a window in the penthouse on a gusty day with the sound pour- ing in. He thought, The music can't be possessed, but the instrument can.more...

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She had originally put it there to remind her that a brush's stroke could be subtle, humorous, and wise, as in the depiction of the straw rainhat of the man on the bridge, and could then erase that person- ality in the delicacy of a grey mist. In the upper left corner of the scroll, a sixteenth-century poem in ef- fortless calligraphy merged with the scene that illustrated it. On a card she had written out the translation and taped it to the wall. Even in the spring mists One hears the sound of water Trickling through the rocks. There were three red squares across the sky in her Chinese reproduc- tion, each printed by a separate stamp, of a calligraphy obscure to her. Upon inquiry, she had discovered that these were the names of the original's various owners set by them there at diverse intervals.more...

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