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She had yearned to create a world of ceremony and innocence...

By Tim Parks   October 2000

Mrs elizabeth hobbs was leaving her home for a conference where she would deliver a paper on the use of new contrast media for better organ revelation in radio diagnostics. It was a Friday evening and, giving herself ample time, she picked up a bus which would take her to King’s Cross and the night train to Edinburgh. Halfway to the station, however, she suddenly became aware of having made a terrible mistake. Earlier on in the day she had removed the second page of her talk from its folder in order to white-out and alter a couple of words.…

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