ThereвЂ™s a scene in вЂњThe Fires of Autumn,вЂќ Irene NemirovskyвЂ™s novel set in 1920s France, by which a young war widow called Therese thinks she actually is being courted for wedding by her childhood friend Bernard вЂ” simply to find that he wishes absolutely nothing a lot more than a fling.
He, in change, is baffled by her unwillingness to carry on an affair that is casual. Because of the shortage of teenagers in post-World War I European countries вЂ” 10 million soldiers passed away and 20 million had been wounded, many grievously вЂ” Bernard wonders why any bachelor would like to subside. вЂњYou wish to have some enjoyable?вЂќ he asks Therese rhetorically, вЂњFine. (mais…)