By John Fowles
In his prologue, John Fowles tells us that "A Maggot" begun as a imaginative and prescient he had of 5 guests driving with mysterious goal via distant nation-state. This picture provides technique to one other - a dangling corpse with violets crammed in its mouth - which leads us right into a maze of beguiling paths and incorrect turnings, disappearances and revelations, unaccountable factors and cryptic deeds, as this compelling secret swerves in the direction of a starling imaginative and prescient at its centre.
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Stepping out onto the pillared terrace, he spotted a flash of white gown. The woman had gone to hide behind a potted shrub. Should he bother her? Was she waiting for someone? He inhaled the smell of lilac and philadelphus, then stepped closer, preparing a stilted introduction – “Madame, so sorry to interrupt…” – but found the lady being roughly kissed. The lady’s hands danced over her lover’s neck and shoulders with enthusiasm, running through the wispy curls on the back of a bull-like neck, fighting not with disgust but with passion.
First a triumph abroad, then let’s see if I can’t talk 39 Brilliance with Vanderbilt about lighting New York – and then the rest of America. ” What a character! Edison thought. A man for whom the unfeasible was the only challenge worth undertaking. ” “Evidently,” Mary interjected. “Of a better world. May I explain? ” He poured himself some more wine. “Please, excuse my philosophizing, but I have such a good feeling today. I suspect it’s your fine food, Mrs Edison, but – for some time now, almost ten years, I’ve had a vision, of a simpler society.
A Maggot by John Fowles