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Fiction: Under the canopy

A short story by Philip Hensher

He tried to have something ready to tell her when she came home: something about his day. It was not so easy. The little that happened had, generally, to be ruled out as something to be retold. He would not tell her anything he had seen on the television; he would not tell her anything about the simple progress of his illness.

Today, he had gone to see the doctor, however, and had something interesting to tell her. It had not been a regular appointment. They…

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