The Driver's Seat (New Directions Paperbook)

By Muriel Spark

The Driver’s Seat, Spark’s personal favourite between her many novels, was once hailed through the New Yorker as “her spiny and treacherous masterpiece.”

pushed mad by way of an place of work activity, Lise flies south on vacation — looking for passionate experience and intercourse. during this metaphysical shocker, infinity and eternity attend Lise’s final negative day within the unnamed southern urban that's her ultimate vacation spot.

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Lise is conserving the booklet up opposed to her coat, guffawing merrily, and searching as much as the lady as though to work out if her buy is favourite. ‘You happening vacation? ’ the girl says. ‘Yes. My first after 3 years. ’ ‘You trip a lot? ’ ‘No. there's so little funds. yet I’m going to the South now. I went sooner than, 3 years in the past. ’ ‘Well, i'm hoping you've gotten a great time. an excellent time. You glance very homosexual. ’ the girl has huge breasts, she is clothed in a red summer season coat and get dressed. She smiles and is amiable during this brief intimacy with Lise, and never even sensing the least bit that very quickly, after an afternoon and a 1/2 hesitancy, and after a protracted nighttime name to her son, the attorney in Johannesburg, who advises her opposed to the motion, she however will come ahead and repeat all she recalls and all she doesn't take note, and the entire info she imagines to be real and people who are precise, in her dialog with Lise while she sees within the papers that the police try to track who Lise is, and whom, if an individual, she met on her journey and what she had stated. ‘Very gay,’ says this girl to Lise, indulgently, smiling all over the place Lise’s shiny outfits. ‘I search for a homosexual time,’ Lise is asserting. ‘You obtained a tender guy? ’ ‘Yes, i've got my boy-­friend! ’ ‘He’s no longer with you, then? ’ ‘No. I’m going to discover him. He’s awaiting me. possibly I should still get him a present on the duty-­free store. ’ they're jogging in the direction of the departures chart. ‘I’m going to Stockholm. i've got three-­quarters of an hour wait,’ says the lady. Lise seems to be on the chart because the amplified voice of the announcer hacks its manner in the course of the common din. Lise says, ‘That’s my flight. Boarding at Gate 14. ’ She strikes off, her eyes within the distance as though the girl from Johannesburg had by no means been there. On her technique to Gate 14 Lise stops to look at a gift-­stall. She appears on the dolls in folk-­costume and on the corkscrews. Then she lifts up a paper-­knife formed like a scimitar, of brass-­coloured steel with inset colored stones. She eliminates it from its curved sheath and exams the blade and the purpose with deep curiosity. ‘How a lot? ’ she asks the assistant who's at that second serving another individual. the lady says impatiently apart to Lise, ‘The fee is at the price ticket. ’ ‘Too a lot. i will get it more cost-effective on the different end,’ Lise says, placing it down. ‘They’re all mounted costs on the duty-­free,’ the woman calls after Lise as she walks away in the direction of Gate 14. A small crowd has accrued looking forward to embarkation. a growing number of humans straggle or palpitate, in line with temperament, in the direction of the gang. Lise surveys her fellow-­passengers, one after the other, very rigorously yet no longer in a fashion to impress their realization. She strikes and mingles as though with dreamy ft and legs, yet really it seems that, from her eyes, her brain isn't dreamy as she absorbs each one face, each one costume, every one swimsuit of garments, all blouses, blue-­jeans, every piece of hand-­luggage, every one voice in an effort to accompany her at the flight now boarding at Gate 14. bankruptcy 3 she is going to be came upon the next day morning useless from a number of stab-­wounds, her wrists sure with a silk shawl and her ankles sure with a man’s necktie, within the grounds of an empty villa, in a park of the international urban to which she is vacationing at the flight now boarding at Gate 14.

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