'General Sash was a hundred and four years old ........He didn't remember the Spanish-American War in which he had lost a son; he didn't even remember the son. He didn't have any use for history because he never expected to meet it again. To his mind, history was connected with processions and life with parades and he liked parades. People were always asking him if he remembered this or that - a dreary procession of questions about the past.'From 'Complete Stories' by Flannery O'Connor
Sunday, 12 June 2011
I have chosen this short extract from 'A Late Encounter with the Enemy' which is one of Flannery O'Connor's short stories. It never ceases to amaze me that she can so easily conjure up characters in words so that they are immediately visible in the mind.