So Long, Farewell, Let’s Try to Stay Alive

21 Feb

Boys GoodbyeDespite the nearly 650 pages we spent with her, there are not a lot of occasions for me to relate to Isabel’s life. But there was this touching goodbye scene with those wily boys of her sister’s.

Isabel watched the train move away; she kissed her hand to the elder of her small nephews, a demonstrative child who leaned dangerously far out of the window of the carriage and made separation an occasion of violent hilarity, . .

This is exactly what it’s like saying goodbye to my sons, and I don’t think my sister would mind me adding, my nephews, too.  It’s demonstrative.  It’s dangerous.  It’s violent.  It’s hilarious.

It’s less “Goodbye” and more “Let’s not extend this visit any longer by adding a trip to the ER.”


Posted by on February 21, 2013 in The Portrait of a Lady


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2 responses to “So Long, Farewell, Let’s Try to Stay Alive

  1. Adriana

    February 21, 2013 at 11:08 am

    [doubled over with laughter]

  2. Ruth @ An Experiment with the Well-Educated Mind

    February 21, 2013 at 11:24 am

    I would love to be present during your rhetoric discussions, but I probably would never get anything serious done.


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