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To explain my strangeness, the obvious cover is an appeal to ethnicity. While biological and cultural variation between humans is very slight by comparison with variations in other primates, their interest in minute variety is ludicrous. It seems as if they are all separately determined to establish their individuality. At the same time they are — separately — determined to deny everyone else’s individuality and to categorise the whole world into a handful of stereotypes. The point here, however, is that it is unrealistic on short visits to pass as a born-and-bred Australian.
Many said (and they briefly believed) that they hoped to see each other again. Nobody tried to specify whether that reunion would take place in 56 afterLIFE the Trades and Labour Club or the up-market hotel where we held the reception. Oil and water don’t mix, but neither do they combust. There had been some awkwardness in selecting bridesmaids. Althea refused point blank. Celia explained just as bluntly that she was already suspending quite enough principles in attending the wedding at all. So a couple of Winifred’s friends from school and uni were persuaded to be bridesmaids.
All my life, and apparently that’s not the end. As if the problem was my invention, not their idleness! As a matter of record, by the way, Penny is a First Secretary, married pro forma to another diplomat. And it was only two pairs of trousers. But they were right about the damage. And their petty disrespect still rankles. How I wish I’d had another day or two to report on the value of their work! PRELIMINARY REPORT To Gabriel, AA From Eliazar, A Re The affairs of Geoffrey Kingston Wide reading has helped to prepare me for the usual problems of adjustment and embodiment.
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