Angel by Elizabeth Taylor

By Elizabeth Taylor

Probably each novelist harbors a monster at center, an irrepressible and completely irresponsible fantasist, let alone a born and creative liar, with out which all her artwork could opt for naught. Angel, at any fee, is the tale of this type of monster. Angelica Deverell lives above her diligent, drab mother's grocery store in a dreary turn-of-the-century English local, yet spends her days dreaming of good-looking Paradise residence, the place her aunt is enthroned as a maid. yet in Angel's mind's eye, she is the mistress of the home, a realm of lavish opulence, of night robes and peacocks. Then she starts off to write down renowned novels, and this myth turns into her lifestyles. And now that she has tasted good fortune, Angel has no purpose of letting somebody stand in her way--except, maybe, herself.

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She opened the door onto the veranda. Slowly, one by one, she carried the suitcases out and set them down, making as little sound as possible. Then, when everything was out, she stood in the doorway and played the flashlight rapidly once around the room, saying a silent goodbye to Mrs. Rainmantle as it reached her comer. The beam went on along the wall past the mirror and coat hooks. She shut the door and stood perfectly still, listening for a sound from within, and trying to be certain of what she had just seen.

That means you should do exactly as you feel like doing. " "I know what I want," she said, blinking her eyes. "I want to go to Paris. But I'm not civilized, am I? Because I haven't got the money for the ticket. La plata, hombre, la platat' ''I'm trying to explain something and you're wailing about Paris. " she demanded fiercely. "I want to finish something, too. I want to say goodbye to this lousy country. The people! The way they act! " She raised herself and remained leaning on one elbow. "If it's true you want to see me be civilized, you know how to do it.

She wanted him to know that she thought it impractical, absurd, for a young man to have such an excessively luxurious apartment. She sat down. " she exclaimed. "There's no problem," he told her, looking mildly surprised. "The air's free of dust up here. 'Vhat can I give you? \Vant to fix your hair? In there, through that door, and I'll make you a drink. " She gave a deliberately mirthless laugh. "Go on. " The wall in front of her was entirely hidden by a barrage of trees and vines that reached to the ceiling; il- 52 lumined dimly from within, it gave her the feeling of being at the edge of a forest.

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