Category: Sam Youd

The damned parrot

Esther was galloping round her cage, squawking with excitement or reproach. She climbed, gripping the wire with her beak, and flapped her wings in her emotion. ‘Shame on you, teasing a poor bird,’ Mrs. Bates...

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Contempt for the firm’s business

Bates looked round the room. The London headquarters of Amalgamated Cables was a new building, representing one of the first non-Government post-war licences and only completed the previous year. The private offices of the directors...

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We’re a bad lot

‘We’re a bad lot,’ Father Edward said. ‘All of us, Jews or Christians. Christians have persecuted Jews, but they’ve persecuted each other just as much. It’s easier to persecute when you can recognize the ones...

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The English are manure

Father Edward seemed more at ease here than I was myself. I thought at first that he might have been here before with Siegfried, but his frank, appraising gaze round the walls made that unlikely....

Finish the game

I said to Solly: ‘Where did you turn up from?’ He said: ‘Benno and I enjoy a game of chess together. He wins mostly, but sometimes I run him close.’ They had met, I found,...

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Cut the necessities

I went up to Liverpool occasionally. I had to, since Dadda would not travel down to see me. His meanness, far from relaxing in the post-war years, grew steadily more pronounced. He would not spend...

Israel marked by God?

I was not angry any longer, and I really was astonished. I had never expected this kind of thing from Siegfried; his very apparent religious devotion had always seemed the ingrowing kind, rather than the...