By Rick DeMarinis
Regardless of the world's insecurities, the commonest drama of all isn't really of apocalypse now, yet of apocalypse deferred; the ache of dwelling is having to attend it out. In Apocalypse Then, DeMarinis's characters test alcohol, they struggle commute, and (most of all) they struggle off-limits love. They locate themselves in harm's manner, or positioned themselves there--but in lifestyles, because the identify tale states, "sometimes the worst doesn't happen."
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Talk the whole thing away. ” “You’re both talking rot,” said Margot. ” “Sorry,” said Wilson. ” She’s worried about it already, he thought. ” Macomber asked his wife. “You’ve gotten awfully brave, awfully suddenly,” his wife said contemptuously, but her contempt was not secure. She was very afraid of something. Macomber laughed, a very natural hearty laugh. “You know I have,” he said. ” Margot said bitterly. Because she had done the best she could for many years back and the way they were together now was no one person’s fault.
It’s mine that’s red today. But Mr. ” “Must be racial,” said Wilson. ” “Let’s chuck it,” said Wilson. “Conversation is going to be so difficult,” Margaret said. “Don’t be silly, Margot,” her husband said. “No difficulty,” Wilson said. ” Margot looked at them both and they both saw that she was going to cry. Wilson had seen it coming for a long time and he dreaded it. Macomber was past dreading it. “I wish it hadn’t happened. Oh, I wish it hadn’t happened,” she said and started for her tent. She made no noise of crying but they could see that her shoulders were shaking under the rose-colored, sun-proofed shirt she wore.
Oh, I wish it hadn’t happened,” she said and started for her tent. She made no noise of crying but they could see that her shoulders were shaking under the rose-colored, sun-proofed shirt she wore. “Women upset,” said Wilson to the tall man. “Amounts to nothing. ” “No,” said Macomber. ” “Nonsense. Let’s have a spot of the giant killer,” said Wilson. “Forget the whole thing. ” “We might try,” said Macomber. ” “Nothing,” said Wilson. ” So they sat there in the shade where the camp was pitched under some wide-topped acacia trees with a boulder-strewn cliff behind them, and a stretch of grass that ran to the bank of a boulder-filled stream in front with forest beyond it, and drank their just-cool lime drinks and avoided one another’s eyes while the boys set the table for lunch.
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