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TitleThe First Person: And Other Stories
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LanguageEnglish
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Table of Contents
                            Cover
Title
Copyright
Contents
True short story
The child
Present
The third person
Fidelio and Bess
The history of history
No exit
The second person
I know something you don’t know
Writ
Astute fiery luxurious
The first person
                        
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My mother was sitting on the top stair with her arm round the neck of the dog,
whose front paws were up on her knees. She was reading a Georgette Heyer
book. There was no tea on. There was no sign of anything to do with tea in the
kitchen. My father would be home in an hour.
I stood at the foot of the stairs for a while. The dog looked down at me,

wagged her tail. My mother turned a page and yawned. I slung my schoolbag
strap round the knob of the banister, opened the bag, took my books and pencil
case out and went through to the living room. I had homework for tomorrow.

I hated La Symphonie
Pastorale.
It was a load of sentimental rubbish about a blind girl. I called my father at his
work from the living room phone. I lifted the receiver carefully so the hall phone
wouldn’t make the little ting that would give away that someone was on the
other phone.
You’ll need to bring chips, I said.
I can hear you, my mother called down the stairs. If you’re telling him to

bring chips, tell him I want a haddock.
She wants a haddock, I said.
Couldn’t you put something in the oven? my father said. We’ve had chips

three times this week.
Actually I can’t put something in the oven because there’s nothing in the

house, I said over by the door, loud enough for her to hear me.
There’s people in the house, not nothing, my mother called down. And there’s

a dog. That’s not nothing, people and a dog.
I can’t hear you, I said to my father. She’s shouting stuff.

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Table of Contents
Cover
Title
Copyright
Contents
True short story
The child
Present
The third person
Fidelio and Bess
The history of history
No exit
The second person
I know something you don’t know
Writ
Astute fiery luxurious
The first person

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