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Chapter 7

WithAnna Bogen

Coming up was a relief. Although the sharpness of the transition was blurred because she had already seen Martha, it was sweet, abrupt enough, to come from the bitter gloom of individual life into community existence, freedom and the vitality of gossip. This term, moreover, just as in the minds of the medieval theologians who said that part of the bliss of those in heaven was the sight of the damned, contrast gave joy. They found pleasure in knowing the place and one another, while they watched the freshers struggle towards coherence, towards the knowledge of a code of behaviour accepted without being defined, towards the acquaintance of one another.