The people they worked with put up with this arrangement because some of them preferred to be able to get rid of each other on this basis too. It was easy to get rid of an unwanted sex partner, man or woman but mostly the responsibility of support seemed to concern them, not the depraved arrangements.
I am not speaking of that beauty which one normally attributes to the body and the spirit, but something within which keeps revealing itself from its proper substance.
I know Clara physically. She was a dancer.
I glance at Harry. He has grown fat in the last ten years. He has a red face now, bags under his eyes. And now there is the way he holds his cigar, as if he owned the world. He has aged. There had been a time with him too... He wanted to so terribly.