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"Christmas Eve, 1908", Fiction by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard #literature #Philippines





Christmas Eve, 1908
Excerpt from The Newspaper Widow, novel by
Cecilia Manguerra Brainard
The Newspaper Widow is published by University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, 2017
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Time had taken on a rubber quality, stretching here and there, never fixed despite the insistent tick-tocking of the Grandfather clock in their living room. Jose had lost all notion of what day or time it was, and he slept and awoke at strange hours. It was Fernanda who announced that they should “join the world.” Earlier that day she had taken out her pearl jewelry and gold hair comb and she had put on a black satin skirt and blouse of gossamer fabric. He was surprised by this, her vanity, her declaration that she was ready to relinquish her mourning. For over four months, Jose and Fernanda had shared a cocoon of darkness and dread, confining themselves to their house, avoiding people, even his parents, sending out their servant, their sole umbilical cord to the world. During that time, they said very little to each other, but they shared a bond that was to some degree like a balm.
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