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So long, and thanks for all the fish !

The Remains Of The Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

ishiguro.. as I continued with my work, an occasional footstep or some other sound would serve to remind me (Miss Kenton) was still there outside the door. I decided therefore to occupy myself with some further tasks in the billiard room, assuming she would after a while see the ludicrousness of her position and leave. However, after some time had passed, and I had exhausted  the tasks which could usefully be achieved with the implements I happened to have at hand, Miss Kenton was evidently still outside. Resolved not to waste further time on account of this childish affair, I contemplated departure via the french windows..

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– You are familiar, I take it, with the facts of life?   

– Sir?

– The facts of life, Stevens. Birds, bees. You are familiar, aren’t you?

– I’m afraid I don’t quite follow you, sir.

– Let me put my cards on the table, Stevens. Sir David is a very old friend. Without him, I dare say, we’d not have secured the present conference.

– Indeed, sir.

– However, Stevens, Sir David has brought his son, Reginald with him. To act as secretary. The point is, he’s engaged to be married. Young Reginald, I mean.

– Yes, sir.

– Sir David has been attempting to tell his son the facts of life for the last five years. The young man is now twenty-three.

– Indeed, sir.

– I’ll get to the point Stevens. I happen to be the young man’s godfather. Accordingly, Sir David has requested that I convey to young Reginald the facts of life.

 – Indeed, sir.

– Sir David himself finds the task rather daunting and suspects he will not accomplish it before Reginald’s wedding day.

– Indeed, sir.

– The point is, Stevens, I’m terribly busy. Sir David should know that but he’s asked me none the less.

– Do I understand, sir, that you wish me to convey the information to the young gentleman?

– If you don’t mind , Stevens. Sir David continues to ask me every couple of hours if I’ve done it yet..

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