Harold Strachan's Last Word

The goddess


The goddess

Be of good cheer, you are still young, and a very handsome gentleman. At which Mr Gwagwa smiled his first smile in many a month.

I have just had a numinous experience of great intensity, said Mr Gwagwa to me. Bloody Hell, said I to Mr Gwagwa, I don’t even know what numinous means. A numen, sir, said he, is a deity. Well, in this case a goddess. Sir. Mr Gwagwa called nobody by a first name, you see, and when he wanted to lay on the heavy sarcasm he would call one Sir. Or Madam, I dare say, though as a bachelor and gentleman he would never have been sarcastic with the Fair Sex.

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