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then silence. in the end

He went to the kitchen to get her a glass. She called out to tell him where the glasses were. She heard him puttering for quite some time, then silence. In the end she went in and showed him.
      They sat across from one another, drinking. The father made a futile gesture or two. The woman said, “Go ahead and say it. That’s what you came for, isn’t it?”

— Peter Handke, The Left-Handed Woman (1976; Ralph Manheim, trans., 1977) : 58

9 July 2022