the abduction from the seraglio

in this story by barthelme, the narrator speaks of constanze, whom he implies is smart in strange ways, but also rather dumb…says “what i’m trying to suggest is, she’s in a delicate relation to the real…she took care of me that time i had my little psychotic episode…the really dreadful thought, to me, is that her real might be the real one…no use crying over spilt marble…” p.94

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