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As We Are Now: A Novel by May Sarton

By May Sarton

A strong and lovely novella of 1 girl, consigned to a dreary retirement domestic, who wages a defiant conflict opposed to the dulling forces round her

After seventy-six-year-old Caro Spencer suffers a center assault, her relatives sends her to a personal retirement domestic to attend out the remainder of her days.

Her reminiscence becoming fuzzy, Caro makes a decision to maintain a magazine to record the day-by-day goings-on—her emotions of confinement and tedium; her mistrust of the home’s proprietor, Harriet Hatfield, and her daughter, Rose; her pity for the extra incapacitated citizens; her resentment of her brother, John, for leaving her on my own.

The magazine entries describe not just her frustrations, but in addition small moments of beauty—found in a welcome stopover at from her minister, or in staring at a chook within the backyard.

But as she writes, Caro grows more and more delicate to the informal atrocities of retirement-home lifestyles. while she recognizes her brain is commencing to fail, she is set to struggle again opposed to the injustices foisted upon the home’s occupants.

This book gains a longer biography of might Sarton.

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She would declare me perfectly defiled by such food. I shall turn into a beast in the jungle by and by, I should say. My uncle committed a greater indecency. He ate a tripe. It was cooked in the “western sea eggplant,” to taste of which brings on the smallpox, as I have been told. He said that he took a delight in pig’s feet. Shame on the Nippon gentleman! Harai tamae! Kiyome tamae! ” A little sparrow was twittering at my hotel window. I could not believe that the sparrow of large America could be as small as the Nippon-born.

It was the way Miss What’s-her-name acted in “The Geisha,” she said. She was much taller than little me. The kimono scarcely reached to her shoes. I have never seen such an absurd show in my life. I was tittering. The charming Ada fanned and giggled incessantly in supposed-to-be Japanese chic. ” she said, looking up. ” I jerked. Then we both laughed. Ada caught my neck by her arm. She squandered her kisses on me. ) We two young ladies in wanton garments rolled down happily on the floor. 2nd—If I could be a gentleman for just one day!

Only prayer makes us firm. I addressed myself to the Great Invisible whose shadow lies across my heart. He may not be the God of Christianity. He is not the Hotoke Sama of Buddhism. ” 16 th—Amerikey is away beyond. Not even a speck of San Francisco in sight yet! I amused myself thinking what would happen if I never returned home. Marriage with a ’Merican, wealthy and comely? I had wellnigh decided that I would not cross such an ocean again by ship. I would wait patiently until a trans-Pacific railroad is erected.

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