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A Peaceful Summer

    Anna Avdeevahas quoted7 years ago
    Good old days in Leipzig. Frank was at the conservatoire at that time; Helmut was a small boy, spoilt, ill-bred, but distinctly talented.
    Anna Avdeevahas quoted7 years ago
    Now that he knew the ultimate purpose of his journey – to play music – he almost fainted and could barely move his legs.
    Anna Avdeevahas quoted7 years ago
    In the cheerful family scene he stuck out like a guest on a reluctant courtesy visit.
    Anna Avdeevahas quoted7 years ago
    He was in no position to ask questions.
    Anna Avdeevahas quoted7 years ago
    Rilke cheered splashing not unlike one of those sparrows.
    Anna Avdeevahas quoted7 years ago
    ‘Unbelievable,’ Rilke thought. ‘An inch of wood separating me from normal life. Spring, freedom. Sunshine. Chats with friends over a beer or two. Girls. Better not to think about it.’
    Anna Avdeevahas quoted7 years ago
    ‘Good man… But spineless. By the looks of him he gave up a long time ago. Pity, because his kind doesn’t survive. I’m different. I’ll never give up.’
    Anna Avdeevahas quoted7 years ago
    But the greatest inconvenience of all was the uncertainty.
    Anna Avdeevahas quoted7 years ago
    ‘You mean the autobahns and the swastikas? I got the picture all right. I don’t need to see it again.’
    Anna Avdeevahas quoted7 years ago
    ‘Something’s about to happen,’ she sensed. And then there were those calls from Florence which she didn’t like at all. Something was building up.
    Anna Avdeevahas quoted7 years ago
    It’s no use losing patience with each other.
    Anna Avdeevahas quoted7 years ago
    In the end people wouldn’t believe he was the same enchanter who had wrought their hearts with a sublime rendition of Chopin half an hour ago.
    Anna Avdeevahas quoted7 years ago
    Regardless of people’s age and status, mocking and teasing was his rule;
    Anna Avdeevahas quoted7 years ago
    Helmut Krauss was easy to forgive. One was never sure why he was so enigmatic: was it in spite of, or rather because of his spiky manner.
    Anna Avdeevahas quoted7 years ago
    ‘Really, Mother, the world would be a kinder place if you refrained from commenting about music.’
    Anna Avdeevahas quoted7 years ago
    ‘Life is one big disappointment for Irma. It’s time she’d grown used to that.’
    Anna Avdeevahas quoted7 years ago
    Social life in the resort town was still hibernating.
    Anna Avdeevahas quoted7 years ago
    She fished his pipe out of her handbag. ‘Here’s your toy.’ He snatched at it and immediately lost interest in the world around him.
    Anna Avdeevahas quoted7 years ago
    The girl smiled. She was very thin, and her dress of bleached linen seemed to have more colour than her skin.
    Anna Avdeevahas quoted7 years ago
    The day began to wane, he noted, long shadows were stretching across the road sweeping their cool, loosely knitted shelter over him.
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