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Findlaters and get them to send us some flowers to put about the place in case he
brings him home tomorrow today I mean no no Fridays an unlucky day first I
want to do the place up someway the dust grows in it I think while Im asleep then
we can have music and cigarettes I can accompany him first I must clean the
keys of the piano with milk whatll I wear shall I wear a white rose or those fairy
cakes in Liptons I love the smell of a rich big shop at 7 1/2 d a lb or the other
ones with the cherries in them and the pinky sugar 11 d a couple of lbs of course a
nice plant for the middle of the table Id get that cheaper in wait wheres this
I saw them not long ago I love flowers Id love to have the whole place swimming
in roses God of heaven theres nothing like nature the wild mountains then
the sea and the waves rushing then the beautiful country with fields of oats
and wheat and all kinds of things and all the fine cattle going about that
would do your heart good to see rivers and lakes and flowers all sorts of
shapes and smells and colours springing up even out of the ditches
primroses and violets nature it is as for them saying theres no God I wouldnt
give a snap of my two fingers for all their learning why dont they go and create
something I often asked him atheists or whatever they call themselves go and
wash the cobbles off themselves first then they go howling for the priest and
they dying and why why because theyre afraid of hell on account of their
bad conscience ah yes I know them well who was the first person in the
universe before there was anybody that made it all who ah that they dont
know neither do I so there you are they might as well try to stop the sun
from rising tomorrow the sun shines for you he said the day we were lying
among the rhododendrons on Howth head in the grey tweed suit and his
straw hat the day I got him to propose to me yes first I gave him the bit of
seedcake out of my mouth and it was leapyear like now yes 16 years ago
my God after that long kiss I near lost my breath yes he said was a flower
of the mountain yes so we are flowers all a womans body yes that was one
true thing he said in his life and the sun shines for you today yes that was
why I liked him because I saw he understood or felt what a woman is and
I knew I could always get round him and I gave him all the pleasure I could
leading him on till he asked me to say yes and I wouldnt answer first only
looked out over the sea and the sky I was thinking of so many things he
didnt know of Mulvey and Mr Stanhope and Hester and father and old captain
Groves and the sailors playing all birds fly and I say stoop and washing up
dishes they called it on the pier and the sentry in front of the governors house
with the thing round his white helmet poor devil half roasted and the Spanish