Drinks Before Dinner by E. L. Doctorow

By E. L. Doctorow


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Immaculate. I took it for granted. My mother was meticulous about our home and her person. She never left the house without presenting herself at her best, her posture, her demeanor, her dress, her shoes, perfectly polished, a well-kept handbag, inside as well as outside, and gloves whenever possible. I have always admired a lady who wears gloves. “Ingrid [Bergman] wore gloves, and I thought it very sexy, the way she took them off. I always thought it was more sexy if a woman revealed her secrets gradually, rather than indulging in overexposure.

The idea is that you want to let the audience in on everything so they know that a ticking bomb is there while the characters don’t know it. ” He said that he never ate leg of lamb without thinking of that story. ” he asked me. I’d never given it any thought. ” “I only eat Dover sole caught by a net, not by a hook,” he said. ” He squeezed his lips together and twisted his face like a fish with a hook in its mouth. I assumed he was referring to the pain inflicted on the fish, but I wondered, how did he know if the fish was really caught in a net?

The Hitchcocks’ first son, William, had been born in 1892, three years after their marriage, and their daughter, Ellen Kathleen, called “Nellie,” in 1896. “I was told,” Hitchcock said, “that as a baby and small child I never cried. Even then, I didn’t engage in the negative waste of energy. I have always looked upon that kind of behavior in public as a loss of control, not to mention dignity. “Since my brother and sister were so much older, they didn’t have much interest in me when I was growing up, so I had myself almost entirely to myself.

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