By Barbara Pym
Set in St Basil’s, an undistinguished North London parish, An improper Attachment is certainly filled with the excessive comedy for which Barbara Pym is famed.
There is Mark Ainger, the vicar, who introduces his sermons with feedback like ‘Those of you who're conversant in the church of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome.’ His spouse Sophia along with her cat, ‘I think occasionally that I can’t achieve Faustina as I’ve reached different cats.’ Rupert Stonebird, anthropologist and eligible bachelor. The well-bred Ianthe Broome who works on the library and types an wrong attachment with a tender guy there. The sharp-tongue Mervyn Cantrell, leader librarian, who complains that ‘when books have issues spilt on them it's continuously bottled sauce or gravy of the thickest and such a lot repellent variety instead of whatever totally beautiful and delicious.’ there's additionally Daisy Pettigrew, the vet’s sister, one other obsessional cat individual, and Sister Dew who bears a robust resemblance to Sister Blatt in very good Women.
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I remembered seeing a heap of packing by the shed door, out of the weather. The man climbed into the back of his truck. He was in there only a moment, then out he came, and walked towards us. Once again he got a big armload and took it to the van. This time, while he was in there, Lee slipped over to the door, pressed himself against the wall, and took a tiny glance outside. ’ No-one said anything. Lee seemed to be waiting for one of us to speak. ’ I felt Homer move, but he still didn’t say anything.
He looked shocked. He stared at me without saying anything. It was hard to tell in the dim light but I actually thought he looked pale, which is not easy for Homer, being Greek and all. ’ I asked him. ’ he said. ‘No, of course not. ’ I stared back at him, equally horrified. Then I did what he had done, sneaked the door open a fraction and peeped out. And I saw what he’d seen. Hectares of grass and concrete runways. High-powered jets in a line on one of the runways. Buildings and building sites everywhere.
No point adding to it,’ I thought. 34 Instead I followed him. He was already outside the truck, so I quickly crawled along the seat and went through his door. As I did I caught a glimpse of Lee squeezing from the hatch into the cab. Homer and I were standing on a vast concrete floor. This was the world’s biggest garage. One of my questions had been answered already: there was nothing this big in Wirrawee. We were somewhere else. I was puzzled though. We hadn’t been in the truck very long and I couldn’t think of any place close to the tip that was this size.
An Unsuitable Attachment by Barbara Pym