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By Iris Murdoch

ISBN-10: 1407019783

ISBN-13: 9781407019789

Martin believes he can own either a gorgeous spouse and a pleasant lover. but if his spouse, Antonia, abruptly leaves him for her psychoanalyst, Martin is plunged into a thorough emotional re-education. He makes an attempt to act fantastically and sensibly. Then he meets a girl whose demonic splendour at the beginning repels him and later arouses a eating and colossal ardour. How will he live to tell the tale it?

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Vous autres, vous avez marché dans votre 50 voie, moi, dans la mienne, pareilles toutes les deux, toutes les deux perverses. Nécessairement, nous avons dû nous rencontrer, dans cette similitude de caractère ; le choc qui en est résulté nous a été réciproquement fatal. » Alors, les hommes relèveront peu à peu la tête, en reprenant courage, pour voir celui qui parle ainsi, allongeant le cou comme l’escargot. Tout à coup, leur visage brûlant, décomposé, montrant les plus terribles passions, grimacera de telle manière que les loups auront peur.

Je suis fils de l’homme et de la femme, d’après ce qu’on m’a dit. Ça m’étonne... je croyais être davantage ! Au reste, que m’importe d’où je viens ? Moi, si cela avait pu dépendre de ma volonté, j’aurais voulu être plutôt le fils de la femelle du requin, dont la faim est amie des 31 tempêtes, et du tigre, à la cruauté reconnue : je ne serais pas si méchant. Vous, qui me regardez, éloignez-vous de moi, car mon haleine exhale un souffle empoisonné. Nul n’a encore vu les rides vertes de mon front ; ni les os en saillie de ma figure maigre, pareils aux arêtes de quelque grand poisson, ou aux rochers couvrant les rivages de la mer, ou aux abruptes montagnes alpestres, que je parcourus souvent, quand j’avais sur ma tête des cheveux d’une autre couleur.

61 – Toute notre vie s’est épuisée dans les cantiques de ta gloire. Tels nous avons été jusqu’ici, tels nous serons, jusqu’au moment où nous recevrons de toi l’ordre de quitter cette terre. – Elles t’obéiront à ton moindre signe et ne songeront qu’à te plaire. Si tu désires l’oiseau qui ne se repose jamais, elles te l’apporteront. Si tu désires la voiture de neige, qui transporte au soleil en un clin d’œil, elles te l’apporteront. Que ne t’apporteraient-elles pas ! elles t’apporteraient même le cerf-volant, grand comme une tour, qu’on a caché dans la lune, et à la queue duquel sont suspendus, par des liens de soie, des oiseaux de toute espèce.

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