By the time the rickety car started again, there was a new passenger. Since sheâ€™d blatantly refused to be taken back inside, the only other opportunity they imagined would make things right would be to give her a ride.
The only sound that could be heard from the room was the screams of a woman. In fact, her screams could be heard above the midwifeâ€™s encouragement to â€˜push!! Puussshhh.â€ Her pain was manifested in three different languages- all of which she spoke fluently on any other day except today.
â€œNext!â€ one of the nurses behind the table bellowed to no particular patient. Her second â€œnext!!â€ sounded angrier than the first and she adjusted her spectacles on the rims of her nose in anticipation of whoever would rise. A thin woman with a very fat belly stood up this time and walked the distance to the table in a manner that wouldÂ make anybodyâ€™s patience ran out.
Inside the wardrobe was dark. The kind of darkness that felt like home because the light outside was not very warm. In fact it was no light at all â€“ just dim electricity and a gun pointed at her husband as one of the hooded men screamed his guts at him.Â
The following adventure happened to me about 1882. I had just taken the train and settled down in a corner, hoping that I should be left alone, when the door suddenly opened again and I heard a voice say: "Take care, monsieur, we are just at a crossing; the step is very high."