Monday 19 December 2016

Sharon and Tim's Postcard

He looked again at the card. 'Returning 22nd.' That was next Tuesday. Today was the 18th, Friday. That gave him a very small margin in which to conclude this venture.
A Private View (1994), Ch. 9

I've been thinking about Brookner's Christmases. There are a number in the 1990s novels, and we'll consider another in a few days' time.

I return too to the question of dating A Private View, explored in an earlier post (Link). The precision of the above quote confirms my thoughts on the Sickert exhibition. The conclusion of George Bland's mad venture takes place in December 1992.

I wonder if there are other such day-and-date combos elsewhere in Brookner.

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