October 27, 2008

Page 56

"They have done this so often in the last few hours that it is hard to tell the difference between outside and inside.  Also the difference between the covers and the air of the room, between their clothes and their hands:  everything seems to stroke them.  They are a bundle of nerves, frayed at the ends.  They are wearing each other away; both of them amazed by the thinness of skin that happens just there; how close they can be, blood to blood, so that the ticking, afterwards, of one inside the other, might be a joke, or a pulse - the beating in your veins of someone else's heart."

- The Gathering, Anne Enright

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