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By Julian Symons

Small-time actor, Sheridan Haynes, had a slightly bad preoccupation with Sherlock Holmes. So whilst the opportunity got here for him to play the well-known detective in a television sequence, it appeared his goals had come real. And while London used to be laid low with a chain of unsolved murders, good it appeared purely ordinary for him to take his function into genuine existence. was once this a case of a laughable and faulty actor, or used to be Sheridan really directly to anything?

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There isn’t any message from the paper on Monday morning, October 17. But there is Northrop Rilsky’s music-lover’s voice. And I rush round to Gloria’s place. 37 ♦CHAPTER FOUR ♦ I was sure my father had loved me. He always seemed busy with his own affairs and wanted me to do boring or impossible things like ice skating or becoming a chess champion. But when he looked look at me out o f those misty blue eyes, he seemed to be gazing inside himself at someone amazingly intelligent, perhaps even beautiful, someone who was worthy o f immeasurable affection.

I know both what you know and what you don’t know. ) “ / do. But I keep it secret. And that adds to the pleasure, I assure you. Odile agrees with me, don’t you, darling? On the other hand, Professor, I’m afraid your restraint must be very dull. ) “ There’s no such thing as secrecy these days, my dear; everything gets known somehow. You’re perverse, that’s all (notice that I don’t say perverted). ) I look over at a landscape, blue and yellow and streaked with emer­ ald green, and concentrate on enjoying the upside-down apple tart.

I’m camping, sailing, the boat pitches and tosses, I’m a migrant. Some people sleep; I am in transit. Conscious or dreaming, I have no definable place. To “ have a roof over your head”— the ulti­ mate form of property! But it’s not for me. The depths of our nights are unconsciously modeled on our lives. So mine is a place of passage; I am always passing through. This drawer is also a coffin. Not because sleep is a gentler form of death but because there are lives in which, as in a painting by Poussin, death has already taken place.

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