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After all, says


, if you have a job, it’s because Albert

went to Australia! Then Karlo lifts his eyes and also says:

Well, what happened, happened. Now I want to get up, I

want to push him into the yard, Karlo. Let him go to the

woods, let him work, let him buy the paint so that we can

paint the house. I feel Mama’s hands on my shoulders. It’s

alright, it’s alright, Ballerina. You’ll see Albert and then it’ll

all be alright, she says. Then I stop thinking that I want to

push Karlo into the yard and


says that the room needs

to be prepared. That Albert and his signorina will sleep in

the room Mama and he sleep in and that they will come to

my room. We’ll sleep with Ballerina, says


and looks at

the gondola that always stands on the television that’s

called Telefunken. Then he says: Turn on the television,

let’s watch the news.

Josipina turns on the television and we watch the



Now it’s evening. Mama and I are standing by the window

and she says it’s summer, the windows should stay open so

that I can hear the crickets. Then she says: I’m really happy

that Albert is coming, and she walks me to my bed. And

then she leaves and closes the door. I lie there, listening to

the crickets. I know I’m going to fall asleep soon.