Tuesday, February 05, 2013

News at Eleven: You have no right, Olga hears

herself saying, and she puts her hands over her eyes to block out the sight of her rival but she feels only the pulse of her own weeping. But Dorothy does, she has a widow's rights, Olga realizes, which is more than I have, perhaps she's returned from England to claim them, perhaps she's brought her son. They'll be standing on the turned earth around Ezra's grave, the grave I chose, paying their respects, occupying their places--rightful or not--as wife and son. Please, God, will they at least realize that the patch of myrtle to Ezra's left has been reserved for me?

from Granta: The Quality of the Affection: Part Two
also Granta: The Quality of the Affection: Part One


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