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‘When we went to England,’ I said.

‘You fool,’ she said, ‘this is England.’

‘I don’t believe it,’ I said, ‘and I never will believe it.’

(That afternoon we went to England.There was grass and olive-green water and tall trees looking into the water. This, I thought, is England. If I could be here I’d get well again and the sound in my head would stop. Let me stay a little longer, I said, and she sat down under a tree and went to sleep. A little way off there was a cart and horse – a woman was driving it. It was she who sold me the knife. I gave her the locket roun my neck for it.)

  Grace Poole said, ‘So you don’t remember that you attacked this gentleman with a knife? I said that you would be quiet. “I must speak to her,” he said. Oh he was warned but he wouldn’t listen. I was in the room but didn’t hear all he said except “I cannot interfere legally between yourself and your husband.” It was when he said “legally” that you flew at him and when he twisted the knife out of your hand you bit him. Do you mean to say that you don’t remember any of this?’

  I remember now that he did not recognize me. I saw him look at me and his eyes went first to one corner and then to another, not finding what they expected. He looked at me and spoke to me as though I were a stranger. What do you do when something happens to you like that? Why are you laughing at me? ‘Have you hidden my red dress too? If I’d been wearing that he’d have known me.’

This passage comes from Part  of the novel. This novel is broken up into three parts with part three being the last and shortest part. At this point in the novel the story is coming to an end and we are finding out what really happens to Antoinette in the end. Specifically in our passage we see how Antoinette is dealing with Grace Poole and still dealing with her mental illness.


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