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The Last Candle

The Last Candle Old age caught up with our Phuphijan unawares, just as sickness overtakes a luckless person without notice. I do not understand why some people, all of a sudden, begin to look old. Youth comes on like a sudden storm, but old age should arrive slowly and peacefully. Phuphijan did not grow old that way. When my family had migrated from there, Phuphijan was young, fair, and slightly plump; she had dark, thick, lustrous hair, and wore glass bangles on her wrists. Her pajamas were very tight at the ankles, and her clothing was brightly coloured. She changed her shoes before they got so old that the nails stuck out. Of course, the heels of new shoes always gave way in the first two or three days of wear. She tossed paan in her mouth continuously as she talked nonstop. She was in the first row of people to pick a quarrel. She always spoiled for a fight and found plenty of opportunities. She'd explode at the slightest excuse. She had a lively temperament, but her behavior could not be called improper. She was just outspoken and laughed abruptly. I should mention that she was not my real Phuphijan. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Manoa University of Hawai'I Press

The Last Candle

Manoa , Volume 27 (1) – Sep 29, 2015

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Old age caught up with our Phuphijan unawares, just as sickness overtakes a luckless person without notice. I do not understand why some people, all of a sudden, begin to look old. Youth comes on like a sudden storm, but old age should arrive slowly and peacefully. Phuphijan did not grow old that way. When my family had migrated from there, Phuphijan was young, fair, and slightly plump; she had dark, thick, lustrous hair, and wore glass bangles on her wrists. Her pajamas were very tight at the ankles, and her clothing was brightly coloured. She changed her shoes before they got so old that the nails stuck out. Of course, the heels of new shoes always gave way in the first two or three days of wear. She tossed paan in her mouth continuously as she talked nonstop. She was in the first row of people to pick a quarrel. She always spoiled for a fight and found plenty of opportunities. She'd explode at the slightest excuse. She had a lively temperament, but her behavior could not be called improper. She was just outspoken and laughed abruptly. I should mention that she was not my real Phuphijan.

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ManoaUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Sep 29, 2015

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