By Judith Clarke
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His head drooped, he dreamed 50 one perfect text pages 27/6/06 2:42 PM Page 51 Lonnie’s Tutorial that kind of dream where you seem to wake in the place you’ve fallen asleep . . there at the window of Dr Finch’s room Lonnie saw a tall dark-haired young woman in a long brown dress, peering in through the glass. He knew at once it was his favourite writer, Emily Bronte, because he’d know her anywhere. She was gazing straight at him, beckoning with a strong brown hand. Lonnie rose from his chair and floated through the window into a landscape of stones and rough dry grasses and banks of purple flowers.
And what if he was? ’ ‘His bride? ’ 32 one perfect text pages 27/6/06 2:42 PM Page 33 The Wedding Dress ‘Lots of girls,’ said May loyally. ‘They’d have to be a shingle short then,’ said Stan, ‘and we don’t want another loony in the family. ’ Stan ignored this. ‘Reckon you’re behind the times, anyway. ’ ‘Sometimes they do,’ retorted May. Stan didn’t hear her. Turning on his heel, he stomped out of the room. The back door banged and then creaked open again. May went out and closed it. ’ she observed, inclining her head a little towards the old friend she felt should be standing right beside her.
Stan lifted the dress carefully from the trunk. The soft white – silk, was it? (he didn’t know much about materials) had mellowed to a creamy colour over years and years. It was older than he was, heading on bravely into its tenth decade. There was fancy stuff along the top and down along the hem – wide bands of tiny pearly beads in the shapes of leaves and flowers. Stan thrust out a stubby finger, half expecting the beads to fall at his touch, scattering on the oily floor of the shed, but they held fast and he thought how things were made properly in those days, things were 29 one perfect text pages 27/6/06 2:42 PM Page 30 One Whole and Perfect Day made to last.
One Whole and Perfect Day by Judith Clarke