Sunday, 3 June 2018

Ink under the fingernail

My mother's too practical to be submerged. ... Objects. ... She goes into people's houses and examines all the objects and knows where they got have of them and tells them where they could have got them for less. And clothing. Each object of clothing. Same thing. Practicality. Thrifty. Extremely thrifty. Clean. Extremely clean. She'll notice, when I come home from school, if I have one bit of ink under one fingernail from filling a fountain pen.

Philip Roth, The Human Stain, 2000.

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