ABC démolition by Michel Ouellette

By Michel Ouellette

Au centre d'un village qui se meurt, une enseignante s'est barricadée à l'intérieur de l'école, une ceinture de dynamite autour du ventre. Elle tente d'empêcher que « son » école soit démolie. Ironie, c'est le démolisseur, Jeff, qui tente de l. a. dissuader de tout faire sauter.

Entre les deux, un jeu de lettres qui tient lieu de compte à rebours...

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That was when— EDMUND Too vehemently. I didn’t think anything! MARY So you pretended to be asleep in order to spy on me! EDMUND No! I did it because I knew if you found out I was feverish and couldn’t sleep, it would upset you. MARY Jamie was pretending to be asleep, too, I’m sure, and I suppose your father— EDMUND Stop it, Mama! MARY Oh, I can’t bear it, Edmund, when even you—! Her hands flutter up to pat her hair in their aimless, distracted way. Suddenly a strange undercurrent of revengefulness comes into her voice.

It’s damnable luck Edmund should be sick right now. It couldn’t have come at a worse time for him. He adds, unable to conceal an almost furtive uneasiness. Or for your mother. It’s damnable she should have this to upset her, just when she needs peace and freedom from worry. She’s been so well in the two months since she came home. His voice grows husky and trembles a little. It’s been heaven to me. This home has been a home again. But I needn’t tell you, Jamie. His son looks at him, for the first time with an understanding sympathy.

Pleadingly . . strickenly . . slipping away into her strange detachment—quite casually . . piteously . . ” I have always considered this play a great love story. Mary and James share a deep and abiding devotion to each other. The memory of their passion and romance is so close to the surface. Those memories are in their fingertips when they touch. When she tells Cathleen of their first meeting, you hear the girl— her sensuality, her sexual discovery. She loves this story. How, in her innocence and beauty, she won the most handsome, famous man of the day.

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