Category: Sam Youd

A different reality

‘You must remember, concerning Russia, that it is a country of snow and wolves, a vast and hard land. When I am there and I think of the Western cities, of London and Paris, it...

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Hors de combat

General Tulenkov said, ‘Are you comfortable? We can arrange to have an easy chair brought up.’ ‘No, thank you. This is fine.’ ‘Hors de combat,’ the General said, ‘and watching the ladies in their finery....

Elegance wears better

‘We’ll soon be there.’ ‘Soon! An hour almost.’ ‘You can stop at Chamby,’ Lionel said, ‘if you wish. Breakfast at the hotel there, and take the train up when one comes.’ ‘Perhaps we will do...

Adversity and appetite

The cab smelled of plush and wet paper. They sat close together; cold seemed concentrated in this small space. The driver offered a rug for the ladies, but Katharine declined it. She said in English,...

‘Untamed Youth’

‘It’s only just the other side of the bridge. We can walk it in quarter of an hour. What do you want a taxi for?’ ‘Not for me,’ he said. ‘But you’re a rich woman.’...

A crushing sadness

‘Shopping?’ ‘A bit. But it’s for the pictures really. There are always two or three English-speaking pictures.’ ‘By yourself?’ ‘Andy won’t go except to the foreign-language ones. He got me to go a couple of...