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even Josipina, even Karlo and


, who’s still at the


Mama says that Albert and Srečko are very fond of each

other. That they used to fish together in the pond, they

rode bicycles together and wherever one went, the other


How time passes, eh, Srečko, she says and looks through

the window at the yard.



is coming. We all see him through the window.

He’s in the yard. He stops. I see the back of his neck and

the straw hat. You can see his hair has been cut, you see it

under his hat, on the back of his neck. When


’s hair has

been cut, I feel as if I want to cry, I want to sob, because he

looks like a little boy, like Ivan when he goes to school or

when they cut his hair for the holidays. We must look nice

on holidays, says Mama, and today is a holiday, and she

goes out into the yard where



We’re all in the yard.

We’re standing under the chestnut tree, in which birds

sleep at night, looking at the gap where, Mama says, Karlo

will bring Albert. It’s nice in the shade, says Srečko, wiping

his forehead. I see his hand, how it trembles. He wipes his

forehead with a trembling hand and says: Oh, they should

be back from Venice by now.