Trafika Europe 1 - Northern Idyll
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And then I’m no longer at Josipina’s. Then I’m home, like

now in the kitchen and I’m just looking at her, at Josipina,

picking up pasta with her fork.

Suddenly Mama says, Albert is coming from Australia.

He’s coming with his

signorina

, says

Tata

, smiling. Mama

says we must give him a good welcome, that he hasn’t been

home for twenty-five years and that we must forget

everything. What happened, happened, says Mama and

starts clearing the plates. I’m sitting at the table, listening.

And Karlo says that he won’t look at a whore in our house

who went with the whole American barracks, that he

doesn’t give a shit if Albert fell in love with her.

I don’t know what a whore is, I don’t know what a whole

American barracks is, I don’t know what shit is and I don’t

know what it means that Albert fell in love with her. I feel

warmth on my face, I’d like to get up and stand on tiptoe in

the corner and look through the window at the yard.

Then

Tata

also says what happened, happened. Josipina’s

eyes are sparkling.

Mama says that Albert and Josipina loved each other very

much and that she was very sad when he went to Australia.

I watch Karlo. He drinks a glass of wine and looks at his

plate.