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Life of Pi (part 1 chapter 30)

2006-08-22 21:08

  CHAPTER   30

  He's married. I am bent down, taking my shoes off, when I hear him say, “I would like you to meet my wife.” I look up and there beside him is…… Mrs. Patel. “Hello,” she says, extending her hand and smiling. “Piscine has been telling me lots about you.” I cant say the same of her. I had no idea. She's on her way out, so we talk only a few minutes. She's also Indian but has a more typically Canadian accent. She must be second generation. She's a little younger than him, skin slightly darker, long black hair woven in a tress. Bright dark eyes and lovely white teeth. She has in her arms a dry-cleaned white lab coat in a protective plastic film. She's a pharmacist. When I say “Nice meeting you, Mrs. Patel,” she replies, “Please, make it Meena.”'After a quick kiss between husband and wife, she's off on a working Saturday.

  This house is more than a box full of icons. I start noticing small signs of conjugal existence. They were there all along, but I hadn't seen them because I wasn't looking for them.

  He's a shy man. Life has taught him not to show off what is most precious to him.

  Is she the nemesis of my digestive tract?

  “I've made a special chutney for you,” he says. He's smiling.

  No, he is.

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