The Innocence of Barbara Melmont
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The scene at the checkpoint repeats itself in his head. The family in the car was middle class, the father, mother, and children well-dressed, probably driving to a safer location. He played Schubert's An die Musik in his head. Du holde Kunst Thou noble Art How in his past life that music and those words had pierced him. But now the feeling flies away from him and he flies after it as if to catch the evanescent, the uncatchable. Then he thought of the words, do not go gentle into that good night. The struggle not to go gentle into that good night, that struggle, that struggle, that struggle is killing him. A time to heal has vanished. Music of no consolation. Desolate words. Desolate music. The motor of the car was running in the garage and the doors of the garage were closed and Severn sat at the steering wheel healed forever.