Winter 1968 • Vol. XXX No. 1 Fiction |

A Course of English Studies

Nalini came from a very refined family. They were all great readers, and Nalini grew up on the classics. They were particularly fond of the English Romantics, and of the great Russians. Sometimes they joked and said they were themselves like Chekhov characters. They were well-off and lived gracious lives in a big house in Delhi, but they were always longing for the great capitals of Europe--London, Paris, Rome--where culture flourished and people were advanced and sophisticated. Mummy and Daddy had traveled extensively in Europe in easier times (their honeymoon had been in Rome), and the boys had, one by one, been abroad for higher studies. At last it was Nalini's turn. She had finished her course in English literature at Delhi's exclusive Queen Alexandra College, and now she was going to the fountainhead of it all, to England itself. She tried for several universities, and finally got admission in a brand-new one in a Midland town. They were all happy about this, especially aft

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