- A year later the husband lapsed into total silence and the only sounds which could be heard from his quarters were barkings and later on the cluck of hens.p. 115.1
- Me and my polecat, my father said after one occasion when their drunks coincided, my father lapsing into his songsbaila or heartbreaking Rodgers and Hart or his own version of "My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean"— My whiskey comes over the ocean
My brandy comes over the sea
But my beer comes from F.X. Pereira
So F.X. Pereira for me.
- Whenever my father would lapse into one of his alcoholic states, she would send the three older children (I would be asleep—too young, and oblivious) into my father's room where by now he could hardly talk let alone argue.p. 170.8
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