By Tom Stoppard
Tom Stoppard's first novel, initially released in 1966 earlier than the foremost of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, is an uproarious myth set in glossy London. the forged features a penniless, dandified Malquist with a liveried trainer; Malquist's Boswellian biographer, Moon, who frantically scribbles as a bomb ticks in his pocket; a few cowboys, one being named Jasper Jones; a lion who's banned from the Ritz; an Irishman on a donkey claiming to be the Risen Christ; and 3 impossible to resist ladies.
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19 The women’s talk takes an unexpected turn when they discuss unwise engagements, and Anne ﬁnds herself once more physically overcome, so much so that attending to the rest of their conversation becomes impossible. She hears “nothing distinctly; it was only a buzz of words in her ear, her mind was in confusion” (II, 11, 251). Once again, Anne hears material that comes home to her, that seems to externalize issues of her own internal life. And on this occasion she sees that Wentworth is listening too.
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