A Burnt-Out Case (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin) by Graham Greene

By Graham Greene

Querry, a world-famous architect, is the sufferer of a negative assault of indifference: he not unearths that means in paintings or excitement in existence. Arriving anonymously at a Congo leper village, he's clinically determined because the psychological identical of a "burnt-out case", a leper who has undergone a degree of mutilation. besides the fact that, as Querry loses himself in paintings for the lepers his ailment of brain slowly ways a treatment. Then the white group reveals out who Querry is...

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He said he couldn't afford to accept charity. Four hundred dresses and suits had been accumulated and he refused to distribute them, just because there weren't enough to go round. He said he would have had to buy the rest out of his own pocket to avoid jealousy-why should a leper be jealous? " But Monseigneur had moved on, his hand under Marie Rycker's elbow. "Your husband seems very taken up with this man Querry," he said. " the Bishop asked, teasing her gently as though he had indeed picked her up outside a café on the boulevards.

He turned the photograph of the bidet a little further towards Mme. Rycker. " "The trouble is, Mme. " She said imploringly, "I only want to be able to tell my husband that I've asked him," but her small toneless voice contained no obvious appeal and the Superior was looking elsewhere, at a feature of the foot-bath which he did not fully understand. " he asked. " "This foot-bath. " He looked up because of her silence and was surprised to see her blushing. It occurred to him that she was a very pretty child.

He's gone to unlock some more whisky. To tell the truth, Monseigneur, I was not referring to you. " "An Augustinian thought," the Bishop said obscurely. "We were talking about Querry, the Querry," Rycker explained. "A man in that position burying himself in a leproserie, spending a night praying with a leper in the bush--you must admit, Monseigneur, that self-sacrifices like that are rare. " Just as the Governor's comment had given administrative approval to Querry's conduct, so the Bishop's question was taken to mean that the Church in her wise and traditional fashion reserved her opinion.

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