Bluebeard's Egg: Stories by Margaret Atwood

By Margaret Atwood

Through turns funny and hot, stark and scary, Bluebeard'S Egg glows with early life stories, the truth of folks getting older, and the informal cruelty women and men inflict on one another. this is the common outer global of relations summers at distant lakes, winters of political activism, and seasons of unique buddies, mundane lives, and unforeseen loves. yet the following too is the internal international of hidden locations and all that emerges from them-the in detail own, the wonderful, the shockingly real...whether it truly is what lives in a mysterious locked room or the key emotions all of us cover. during this dramatic and far-ranging assortment, Margaret Atwood proves why she is a real grasp of the style.

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Now he's wondering whether going out is such a good idea. Becka still has a key, which he'll have to do something about pretty soon. Maybe she'll be in his apartment, waiting for him, when he gets back. He decides to take his chances. When she finds he isn't there, she can stay or she can go, it's up to her. (Leaving it up to her has always been one of his best tactics. ) Either way, he's made his move. He's shown her he's not eager. Any effort put out this time around is going to be hers. As he searches for his wallet in the jumble of paperbacks, papers, and socks beside the bed, Uglypuss brushes against his legs, purring.

I've got myself an accountant," Loulou said loudly, to break the spell. " Bob said. The others laughed, all except Calvin, and began discussing the accountant's chances of escape from Loulou, which they rated at nil. They went on to detail the positions and locations in which Loulou could be expected to finally entrap him--under the desk, on top of the filing cabinet--and the injuries he would sustain. They pictured him fending her off with pens. Loulou gnawed grimly at a chicken leg. They didn't believe any of this would happen, of course.

They go back through the smell of wool and freshly torn cotton into his office, and Loulou dumps out her bag of receipts (done up in bundles, with elastic bands: she's not without a sense of decency), all over his desk. He looks pleased, and says they certainly do have a lot of things to catch up on. He brings in some cups of tea, sits down, picks up a newly sharpened pencil, and asks her how much of her living space can be written off as working space. Loulou explains about the coach-house. She doesn't use any of the actual house herself, she says, not for working, because the poets are always using it.

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