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Leaving home

Jeremy finds that leaving his wife is proving to be as difficult as living with her

By Simon Mason   May 1998

At five o’clock in the evening on a wet Thursday in January, Jeremy was in the front room of his house in Parkside Road throwing things into a bag, in a hurry to finish before his wife came home. He had been married for six months. His wife was a beautiful, sensitive, red-headed, intelligent woman and he hated her. The curtains were undrawn, anyone passing might have seen him in the bright cage of the room, as cutely self-absorbed as a hamster on a wheel.

Outside it was freezing and damp. Oily snow lay in the gutters from the heavy…

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