Barbara, you will marry, but...
questions can help us to clarify what we are reading and learning.
When Barbara had her fortune told, she
wanted to ask questions and understand her future. Here
is what the fortune teller told Barbara.
is high again today, with a thrilling flush of wind. In the midst of
winter, I can feel the interventions of spring. A sky of hot
nude pearl until midday, crickets in sheltered places, and now
the wind unpacking the great deserts, ransacking the great deserts.
escaped to California with a few belongings and a child--your daughter. I
do not know why I use the word "escape." Only a sick
person would choose California to rebuild. Well, then, you have
come to heal yourself, if you want me to put it that way.
At night, when
the wind roars and your daughter sleeps quietly in her wooden crib, you
light a lamp and walk about, thinking of your former husband and your son. You
return, link by link, to the city which you inhabited so briefly together, your beloved New York.
adapted from Lawrence
Durrell, The Alexandrian Quartet, Justine