By Elizabeth Taylor
The mid-twentieth century British novelist Elizabeth Taylor
numbered between her admirers Elizabeth Bowen, Ivy Compton-
Burnett, and Kingsley Amis. She additionally frequently released stories
in the hot Yorker for with regards to twenty years. For all that, her
work, as steely because it is gentle, continues to be the key of a small
number of intensely committed readers.
The book of her best novel, A online game of conceal and Seek,
long unavailable within the usa, might help to change
that. this is often an unabashed love tale, taking pictures all of the uncertainty
and inevitability and deceptiveness of real love, tracking
the transferring currents of emotional existence, and not yielding to
melodrama. Set in Britain among the wars, a time of transition
between previous conference and new methods, the booklet has for a
heroine Harriet, the one baby of a suffragette, whom we meet
as a shy and family and never specifically shrewdpermanent or lovely girl.
At eighteen she falls in love with Vesey, yet after Vesey must
go away, she marries one other guy, Charles, and bears a child.
Then Vesey returns.
Love is on the middle of the booklet, yet so too is Taylor's extraordinary
knack for depicting characters. The minor figures in
the book--from Harriet's mother's good friend Caroline, with her
progressive politics, to Charles, his coworkers, and his mother,
to Betsy along with her schoolgirl weigh down on her Greek teacher--are as
memorable because the ardour and heartache of Harriet and Vesey.
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Gabriels Archangel minus their pointing finger; maimed and crippled St. Anthonys of Padua; Virgins of Mount Carmel, of Perpetual Help, or of Lourdes, with their robes faded and their distin guishing features blurred; Holy Infants of Prague with neither crown nor hand holding up the globe, the feigned elegance of their ermines and the pretense of their painted plaster jewelry faded by sun and rain; saints with faces all gone; a monster with his arms girdling the world under a pair of feet that Brigida said she'd keep because they were part of a Virgin .
33 groveled enough to please you? Don't go away like that, don't leave me, listen to me, I can help you, yes, yes I can, I have the keys to all the doors of the Casa in my keeping, if you ever hap pen to need them, and you may need them some time, don't say no, don't look down on this little bit of power I'm offering you . . don't you know that you're only six old women and you have to be seven, seven is a magic number, not six, let me be the seventh witch, don"'t go, I want to help you and I can .
THE FIRST TffiNG I had to do was win them over. If I didn't find a way to dazzle them, I'd be accepted by them in name only, even though I'd groveled for them. I let a few days go by while I laid my plans, letting them go on barely talking to me and watching me on the sly. Un til I finally told them one afternoon that I thought I'd found the ideal spot for Iris to give birth with out being found out, and where the seven of us in on the secret could bring up the boy without interference from anyone.