In the Fold (2010)

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‘Stand aside – let me see! Where are they? Where are my bloody women? Three days I’ve been in this bloody room and not one of them has come to see me!’ In its spacious sparseness and beige diffidence..., the room was more like a room in a hotel than a hospital. Paul Hanbury lay on the grand, plinth-like bed at its centre. He wore a white smock and looked very small and tyrannical, like a child emperor. I would have recognised him by his voice alone, yet it was hard now to believe that it had emanated from him – it travelled around the room in great rings of sound that dwarfed his body. He had never been large, but lying in that bed he looked wizened – except for his head, which retained its distinctive scale and grandeur, and which he barely moved when he spoke, so that in spite of everything he had the poised appearance of a statesman, or an actor. His hair rolled back from his forehead in thick, steel-grey waves and his face had darkened and deepened into creases since the last time I saw him, especially around his eyes, which were small and black and glittered like buttons.MoreLess
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