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Mrs. Ragnetti and the Spider: Essay --- Sydney Lea | Numéro Cinq
What an older writer can do that a younger one can't is erect, out of the merest wisp of chance memory and association, a brief, complex image of youth, a life, a satanic struggle ("I've tasted hell," he writes sardonically) and ill consequence (you ache for that boy who runs from the spider lady to a milkshake---oh innocence---that later turns to alcohol).