By Iris Murdoch
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There does seem to be a great deal of money,' murmured Edith, in what she hoped was a neutral tone. Servants must feel like this, she reflected, gossiping below stairs. 'Loaded,' said the other. 'Trade, of course. Darling Daddy left them a packet. Wine,' she added, responding to Edith's curiosity. 'He was a sherry importer. And the funny thing is, the old girl can't stand the taste of it. She only likes champagne. ' Edith, remembering the last occasion on which she had drunk champagne, shuddered.
She enquired, breathing rather hard. 'And even if it is, do you guarantee that the results will be immediately felt? Like those obscure advertisements for ointment that help you to "obtain relief'~ One is never quite sure from what,' she went on. ' Mr Neville smiled. 'I suppose it is the promise that counts,' Edith went on, a little wildly. 'Or perhaps just the offer. Anyway, I forget what I was talking about. You mustn't take any notice,' she added. 'Most of my life seems to go on at a subterranean level.
This information remained in many ways obscure. She was not sure whether she had in fact remained downstairs to witness the scenes which came into her mind, or whether, in some over-active recess of her brain, she was making them up. She was aware that her night was agitated, that the only alternative to waking up was to undergo more of these strange sequences, half dream, half memory. Everything seemed vivid, potent with significance. But the significance was hidden. She stretched uneasily, a prisoner of her troubled sleep.
A Severed Head by Iris Murdoch