Quotes Swept and Garnished II


The child paid no attention, but moved about the room, investigating everything that came in her way—the yellow cut-glass handles of the chest of drawers, the stamped bronze hook to hold back the heavy puce curtains, and the mauve enamel, New Art finger-plates on the door. Frau Ebermann watched indignantly.


This is from “Swept and Garnished”   published in A Diversity of Creatures.

It is 1915, soon after the German army has smashed  into Belgium, killing and destroying.

To a wealthy Berlin lady in her luxurious apartment, a group of  ragged wounded children appears. She tells them to go home, but they say that  they cannot, there is nothing left.

Later the maid, finds her mistress  on the floor, trying to wipe away the spots of blood.