Antic Hay

By Aldous Huxley, David Lodge, David Bradshaw

WITH A FOREWORD by way of DAVID LODGE

When suggestion leads Theodore Gumbril to layout a kind of pneumatic trouser to ease the soreness of sedentary lifestyles, he makes a decision the time has come to renounce instructing and search his fortune within the city. He quickly reveals himself stuck up within the hedonistic global of his pals Mercaptan, Lypiatt and the completely civilised Myra Viveash, and his burning goals start to lose their urgency...

Wickedly humorous and deliciously barbed, the radical epitomises the glittering neuroticism of the Twenties.

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All this bizarre wisdom got here spouting up into his brain from a few underground resource of reminiscence. vegetation – he by no means considered plants these days from one year’s finish to the opposite. yet his mom had beloved flora. each spring and summer season they used to head right down to remain at their cottage within the nation. All their walks, all their drives within the governess cart were haunts after vegetation. and of course the kid had hunted with all his mother’s passion. He had saved books of pressed plant life, he had mummified them in sizzling sand, he had drawn maps of the rustic and colored them elaborately with varied colored inks to teach the place the various plant life grew.

Shearwater bought up from his chair ahead of the writing-table, lurched pensively in the direction of the door, bumping into the revolving bookcase and the arm-chair as he went, and walked down the passage to the drawing-room. Rosie didn't flip her head as he got here in, yet went on analyzing with out altering her place, her slippered ft nonetheless better than her head, her legs nonetheless charmingly avowing themselves. Shearwater got here to a halt in entrance of the empty hearth. He stood there along with his again to it, as if warming himself sooner than an imaginary flame.

With a sigh of disgusted weariness, Gumbril checked out his papers. What had Falarope significant to claim of the Pontiff? ‘Pius IX used to be referred to as Ferretti. He was once a liberal earlier than he was once a Pope. A kindly guy of below standard intelligence, he notion that every one problems may be settled via a bit goodwill, a couple of reforms and a political amnesty. He wrote numerous encyclicals and a syllabus. ’ Gumbril renowned the word approximately lower than standard intelligence; Falarope significant must have no less than one mark for having learnt it so good by way of center.

While they’d acquired the entire political liberty they sought after – or chanced on they didn’t wish – they started to comprehend this. And so now it’s thinking about the economic revolution, Mr Gumbril. yet bless you, that’s as massive a swindle because the different. How can there ever be liberty lower than any method? No quantity of profit-sharing or self-government via the staff, no volume of hyjeenic stipulations or cocoa villages or sport grounds can put off the elemental slavery – the need of operating. Liberty? why, it doesn’t exist!

H’m, ah’m. ’ He changed his hat, squared his shoulders and went off well, left, correct, bearing preciously ahead of him his pigeon breast. negative factor, he idea, terrible younger factor. speaking to herself. needs to be cracked, needs to be off her head. or even she took medicines. That was once much more likely: that used to be more likely. such a lot of them did these days. Vicious younger ladies. Lesbians, drug-fiends, nymphomaniacs, dipsos – completely vicious, these days, completely vicious. He arrived at his membership in an exceptional mood. by no means back, by no means, by no means back.

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