By Iris Owens
Harriet is leaving her boyfriend Claude, “the French rat.” That at the least is how Harriet sees issues, whether it’s Claude who has simply requested Harriet to go away his Greenwich Village residence. good, a method or one other she has no purpose of leaving. on the contrary, she is going to remain and specified revenge—or may have if Claude had now not had her unceremoniously evicted. nonetheless, although moved out, Harriet isn't really approximately to maneuver on. now not in anyway. Girlfriends circle round to patronize and recommend, yet Harriet basically takes offense, and it’s effortless to appreciate why. simply because mad and maddening as she could be, Harriet sees prior the well mannered platitudes that everybody else is content material to spout and reside by way of. She is an unblinkered, unbuttoned, unrelenting, and in particular bitingly humorous prophetess of all that's improper with women’s lives and hearts—until, in a shock twist, she reveals a savior in a dismal room on the Chelsea lodge.
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What is it with you, Claude? ” Claude marched smartly ahead of me, and I was practically running, as well as shouting, to keep in touch with him. In a normal neighborhood, we might have aroused suspicion, but up there, it just passed as a harmless purse snatching. “Slow up,” I yelled, when he reached the corner of Broadway and Ninety-fifth Street, because it’s not one of my favorite fantasies to be abducted by six muscular militants to go play White Goddess in the back room of guerrilla headquarters.
The only insult I’m aware of was made to J. Christ, assuming that he wasn’t a Jewish mama’s boy, willing to go to any lengths to get out from under Mary’s potato latkes. Of course he had an especially heavy problem, with her wrapping her head in blankets and swearing he was conceived in her ear. ” He turned a furious face to me. ” Scratch a Frenchman and find a German storm trooper. “Jewish! ” If there’s one slur I resent, it’s having my personal powers, good or bad, credited to a factor over which I have no control.
Our driver, a full fanatic, had festooned the dashboard and windshield with thorned Christs, weeping Marys, pierced dripping hearts, and a display of blue wax flowers that you wouldn’t want to put on your mother’s grave. Scattered amidst the gore was the family album. Framed photographs of assorted mental defectives, smiling cripples, consumptives, and proudly uniformed degenerates, all looking straight ahead with the fixed stares of hostages facing a firing squad. ” “That’s not funny,” Claude answered, holding himself grimly in the throes of his recent religious exaltation.
After Claude (New York Review Books Classics) by Iris Owens