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By Anthony Burgess

ISBN-10: 0434098140

ISBN-13: 9780434098149

Beds within the East is the 3rd novel in Anthony Burgess's Malayan Trilogy The lengthy Day Wanes.

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By Anthony Burgess

ISBN-10: 0434098140

ISBN-13: 9780434098149

Beds within the East is the 3rd novel in Anthony Burgess's Malayan Trilogy The lengthy Day Wanes.

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A sparkling stone pupil in the enamel white of an eye followed the Brother’s every move; when he stepped back a pace as the head’s lips stirred in silence, the tabernacle closed forthwith. Terrified by this vision, he was about to rush towards the exit when he noticed, at the opposite end, a raised throne on which trailed a long robe, narrow at the shoulders and small as a choir boy’s, but made of fine linen, em broidered w ith strange im ages in gold thread. T he lay Brother suspected that what appeared before his eyes, the ornaments as well as the taberna­ cle’s mechanism, had been shown by the Brother de Malvoisie to the young Lord of Beauséant, perhaps to prepare him for the rank of squire, in accordance with a ritual from which the lay Brethren were rigorously excluded; he swore to himself not to breathe a word of this to anyone, and already had one foot off the flagstones of the landing, beginning to descend the narrow staircase, when casting a last glance behind him towards the throne, he discerned between the back of the chair and the wall what he thought to be the hastily hidden pieces of the black habit of the pages of the Tem ple, as well as the surcoat and breeches; as he drew them from their hiding places, a glove fell to the floor; picking it up he noticed that in the hollow of one finger lay a ring; once extracted, it shone with 25 a diam ond engraved with the arms of the Temple.

T h e word perforce must be im pure, which draws such shades toward the light and wants to give back to all simulacra, beyond the river, something like a visible body, a sign or a being. Tam dira cupido. It is this desire which the goddess placed in Actaeon’s heart at the m om ent of m etamorphosis and death: if you can describe the nudity of Diana, you are welcome to do so. Klossowski’s language is the prose of Actaeon: the transgressive word. Is not every word so, when it must deal with silence?

As soon as the Com m ander had completed his first inquest, although now and henceforth he knew from his own sources more than he let o n —for in fact the petty jealousies aroused am ong the lay Brethren by the pages was to him a precious asset—in order to break the apparently concerted silence that surrounded him regarding these small details, he let it be known, at the end of the meal, that from that time forth the Brethren knights would no longer enjoy the privilege, thereto­ fore improper, of m aintaining pages inside his Com ­ mandery in addition to the squires and lay Brethren permitted them by the statutes.

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