It was during the time that our family suffered a series of misfortunes too numerous and dismal to mention that we and our mother found ourselves homeless and living out of our car. As chance would have it, a farmer in our district who had recently built himself a vanilla-coloured brick monstrosity, and was feeling uncharacteristically generous, offered us rent-free a derelict outbuilding on his property to live in. This was not only a farming district, it was coastal, and the old house, which had no doors or windows with glass intact, was beside the ocean. The tide came up…

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