By William Trevor
William Trevor is really a Chekhov for our age, and a brand new choice of tales from him is often a reason for social gathering. In those twelve tales, a waiter divulges a stunning lifetime of crime to his ex-wife; a lady repeats the tale of her parents’ risky marriage after a terrible tragedy; a schoolgirl regrets gossiping concerning the cuckolded guy who tutors her; and, within the volume’s identify tale, a middle-aged accountant bargains his purposes for finishing a love affair. on the middle of this lovely assortment is Trevor’s attribute tenderness and unflinching eye for either the humanizing and dehumanizing facets of contemporary city and rural existence.
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You do it all the time! I needed this siege so Realtime would haul us out! For Christ’s sake, I can’t wait fifteen years to go up the line. History says I’m going to be dead in fifteen years! I don’t want to die in this dump! ” “Forget it, pal,” Rice said. “When they hear back in Realtime how you screwed things up here—” Parker laughed. “Shove off, Rice. We’re talking Top of the Pops, here. ” He took Mozart’s arm protectively. “Listen, Wolf, baby, let’s get into those tunnels. ” 049 BRUCE STERLING AND LEWIS SHINER The sun had set, but a muzzle-loading cannon lit the night, pumping shells into the city.
Half a dozen Masonic fanatics still clung to the doors and pounded on the windscreen. Jebe’s Mongols yanked the invaders free and axed them while a Roman flamethrower unit gushed fire across the gates. Marie Antoinette leaped out of the hovercar. Jebe grabbed for her, but her sleeve came off in his hand. She spotted Mozart and ran for him, Jebe only a few steps behind. ” she shouted. “You leave me behind! ” Mozart whipped off his mirrorshades. He turned to Rice. ” “The Green Card, Wolf! ” She stopped for breath and Jebe caught her by one arm.
He revved the cycle and scowled. Rice grabbed the Mongol’s stinking flak jacket as they roared downhill. Jebe took his disappointment out on the enemy, tearing through the streets in high gear, deliberately running down a group of Brunswick grenadiers. Only panic strength saved Rice from falling off as legs and torsos thumped and crunched beneath their tires. Jebe skidded to a stop inside the gates of the complex. A jabbering horde of Mongols in ammo belts and combat fatigues surrounded them at once.
A Bit on the Side by William Trevor