First Person

Short Takes XVII

31/5/11 Outlandish grizzling A strange thing overtook me yesterday evening. I broke down. This has never been my custom, for I believe my genes and my experience provide me with resilient emotional fibre. But “break down” is the verb accurate for my behaviour, and since this event I puzzle at why I did so. In the first instance an event took place. The ABC News announced Jim Murphy had died and I felt a sorrow well in me at this information. Very soon I needed to quit the room and hide my wailing from witnesses. But Jim was not close…

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