Serendib
An intermittently Liberal anthology compiled by Jonathan Calder


Monday, January 16, 2006  

Child abuse is not a new discovery
"Oh God, Charles, more trouble!" she said, beating her hands to and fro in her hair.

"What?"

"That hostel warden."

"What, old Christmas?" I said. "What's the matter with him?"

"The usual," she said.

"Oh, no! Little boys or little girls?"

"Little boys. Well, big boys - boys in the hostel. It's been going on for months."

"Oh, hell!" I felt sickened, as I always did, though none of us was unused to this sort of revelation. You never saw it coming, and in someone you knew quite well it was always revolting.

John Stroud The Shorn Lamb (1960)

posted by Jonathan Calder | 10:03 pm
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