By J. P. Donleavy
What is going to ensue to George Smith? Mysteriously wealthy and desperately lonely, George seems to be below assault from all quarters: his former spouse and 4 terrible young children are suing to get his funds; his dipsomaniacal housekeeper is attempting to arouse his carnal curiosity; his secretary, the gorgeous, blond pass over Thomson, will slightly provide him the time of day. Making issues even worse are the threatening letters: expensive Sir: just for the instant are we announcing not anything. Yours, etc., current Associates.
Despite such precautions as a two-inch-thick surgical metal door and a bullet-proof limousine, Smith is still fearful. So he undertakes to construct a huge mausoleum, whole with plumbing, during which to reside. Hunter S. Thompson referred to as examining this publication "like sitting right down to a night of fine whisky and mad laughter in an extraordinary dialog someplace at the fringe of reality."
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For an instant the stepfather turns his head away, the lawyer makes for the document. Eyes look at him from one side, then from another. He stops, the inspection is over. The step-father closes his case and walks away, followed by the lawyer, along the pavementporters-the step-father's gait is reminiscent of the shot of him running in the desert. He keeps his bag in his hand-he gets into a car-the car drives off-the camera follows it like another car behind. ,-shot of a calendar: a date. The date of the next day-more corridors.
At table, everywhere, under a hypocritically affable exterior, he manages to show that [ ] 8 his brother, who defends the family fortunes, is heartless. Henry sees him walking arm in arm with his wife in the garden, but it is when they are alone together that he humiliates Henry, for whom he shows the greatest respect and a strange sort of affection in public. One evening, as they are playing cards, he jeers at what he calls his awkwardness, his boorishness; at the peak of his fury he boasts (falsely) that he has become the lover of his wife.
The silhouette of the spectre shakes as though it were suspended. The point of the sword seems to attract it. This silhoutte can be seen in the mirror, behind the young man. The young man looks at it and shields his face with his hand. Then he lowers his hand and suddenly uncovers his face? There is a similarity between the face of the spectre and his own. The glass ball dissolves. The spectre disappears. Everything grows dark again. The young man has now returned to his bed. The girl watches him, calmly.