Only Yesterday

By S. Y. Agnon; Barbara Harshav | Go to book overview

CHAPTER SEVEN
Night Thoughts

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The second watch of the night passed. The voice of the sea changed and its waves donned foam. A chill wind began blowing and furrows began bursting and raising water. Brenner looked at the sea, striving to grasp some of the splendor of its force. He dropped his hands and grasped Hemdat's hand, as he grasped his pen when he strove to conjure up an idea that wasn't completely clear to him, and said, The time has come to sleep. Said Podolsky, Ye, m' darf geyn aheym (yes, we better go home), and emphasized the word heym and laughed, for there is no man here who has his own heym. Brenner responded with a melody and said, Kinderlakh, m'darf geyn aheym. When Brenner withdrew from the group along with Hemdat, everyone felt weary. They parted from one another and went their way, this one to his room, and that one to the corner of his bed in the cheap hotels in Neve Shalom.


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A small lamp stood at the bed of one of the guests of the hotel who was sleeping with his face covered with a sheet of Ha-Or. Isaac picked up the lamp and took a copy of Lunz's almanac he had found in the hotel. He put the lamp near his bed and put the almanac on his pillow to read before he went to sleep. When he lay down he forgot the almanac and put out the light.

Isaac lay on his bed and thought about everything that came into his mind, about Sweet Foot and about that day when the artisans in Jaffa made a banquet and made him drink a lot of wine and Isaac brought him to his room and lay him on his bed and they had

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