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There is very little to it,' she shrugged. 'This country is a bad place for marriage. Too much falling in and out. Divorce is very big. We marry too young and for not long enough. Soon, after the war has come and gone, Uri and I will divorce. ' 'Yes,' she said simply. 'It is the right thing tonight. We have an apartment along here and we were very happy once. Sometimes we still find something in each other. We meet only sometimes because of my work and because he is also away. He is one of the Israeli Air Force.
Philip too. But we are successful. So the hair stays. Let it get in my eyes. I got off the bus at Robin Hood Vale this morning and walked away from the roads and the people going to work. I made across the open common towards my place. The snow became more definite, I tugged up my collar and pushed against the wind. It was very solitary, although I did see a girl on a horse as I got towards the block of flats where I now live. The ponds on the common were blank and grey, gathering in the snowflakes and quietly destroying them.
A tall, tanned woman in a long red dress leaned towards me and said, 'It was brilliant. ' I would have liked to have stopped near her but Tobin was still worrying at my side. 'Patriotism, you say, may be old-fashioned. But not for the Israelis, unfortunately,' he went on. 'To be a person of this country you must fight. It is part of being a citizen. ' I was introduced to a stony-looking archaeologist who took me to meet a seedy horticulturist who knew the woman in the red dress and introduced me to her.
Come to the War by Leslie Thomas