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On the eve of his 90th birthday a bachelor makes a decision to offer himself a wild evening of affection with a virgin. As is his habit–he has bought countless numbers of women–he asks a madam for her assistance. The fourteen-year-old lady who's procured for him is enthralling, yet exhausted as she is from taking good care of siblings and her task stitching buttons, she will do little yet sleep. but with this dozing attractiveness at his aspect, it really is he who awakens to a romance he hasn't ever identified.

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The editor on the time referred to as me into his workplace to invite me to comply to the newest currents. In a solemn manner, as though he had simply considered it, he acknowledged: the realm is relocating forward. convinced, I acknowledged, it’s relocating forward, yet it’s revolving round the sunlight. He saved my Sunday column simply because he couldn't have chanced on one other cable editor. this present day i do know i used to be correct, and that i be aware of why. The kids of my new release, grasping for all times, forgot in physique and soul approximately their hopes for the long run until eventually truth taught them that the next day to come was once now not what that they had dreamed, and so they found nostalgia. My Sunday columns have been there, like an archeological relic one of the ruins of the prior, they usually discovered they weren't just for the previous but in addition for the younger who weren't fearful of getting older. Then the column again to the editorial part and, on exact events, to front web page. every time anyone asks I consistently solution with the reality: whores left me no time to be married. nonetheless, I may still recognize that i didn't get a hold of this clarification until eventually the day of my 90th birthday, while I left Rosa Cabarcas’s apartment decided by no means back to impress destiny. I felt like a distinct guy. My temper used to be disenchanted through the disreputable mob I observed leaning opposed to the steel railings round the park. i discovered Damiana washing the ground, on all fours within the front room, and the youthfulness of her thighs at her age revived in me a tremor from over again. She should have sensed it simply because she lined herself together with her skirt. i couldn't face up to the temptation to invite: inform me whatever, Damiana: what do you remember? I wasn’t recalling something, she acknowledged, yet your query makes me bear in mind. I felt a weight in my chest. I’ve by no means fallen in love, I advised her. She answered with no hesitation: i've got. and he or she concluded, now not interrupting her paintings: I cried over you for twenty-two years. My middle skipped a beat. searching for a dignified method out, I acknowledged: we might have made a very good staff. good, it’s incorrect of you to assert so now, she acknowledged, simply because you’re no stable to me anymore at the same time a comfort. As she was once leaving the home, she acknowledged within the such a lot traditional means: You won’t think me yet thank you be to God, I’m nonetheless a virgin. a short time later i found that she had left vases choked with purple roses all around the apartment, and a card on my pillow: i am hoping you succeed in a hunnert. With this undesirable flavor in my mouth I sat all the way down to proceed the column I had left half-finished the day ahead of. I accomplished it with out preventing in under hours and needed to “twist the neck of the swan,” because the Mexican poet stated, to write down from my center and never have someone become aware of my tears. In a belated second of suggestion, i made a decision to complete it with the declaration that with this column i used to be bringing to a contented end a protracted and helpful existence with no the sorrowful necessity of getting to die. My purpose used to be to depart it with reception on the paper and go back domestic. yet I couldn’t. the whole employees was once anticipating me as a way to have a good time my birthday. The construction was once being renovated, and scaffolding and rubble have been all over, yet that they had stopped paintings for the social gathering.

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