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By Gore Vidal

Sisters is Gore Vidal's fictional memoir of a love affair with a gorgeous set of twins in post-war Paris - a narrative skilfully interwoven with notebooks, diaries and the shiny fragment of a screenplay set in old Greece. In seductive settings from a brothel in a Parisian backstreet to the rooftops of seventies Rome, Vidal assembles his characters, genuine and imagined: Cocteau and Tennessee Williams, Gide and Mailer rub shoulders with creations as unforgettable because the growing old femme fatale Marietta Donegal and Hollywood hustler and flagellant Murray Morris. All are certain jointly in a mesmerising fiction that builds to a rare end.

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H e r o s t r a t u s Don’t exaggerate. h e l e n a N o! I suggest it. I take very heavily what occurred at the hill of Prion. It used to be ideal. It was once holy. And if i'll do what i want to do, I’d go away with you this rapid and visit the Pillars of Hercules if that was once what you sought after. h e r o s t r a t u s Y o u were interpreting too many Milesian novels. h e l e n a Don’t mock me! I suggest what I say. you're each­ factor to me. yet i'm the mummy o f Cyrus first and your sister secondh e r o s t r a t u s And Cyrus, if he's to fulfil the prophecy, needs to develop up wealthy. h e l e n a are you able to blame me? h e r o s t r a t u s i will be able to. I do. h e l e n a Then there's Achoris. he's the kindest guy i've got ever met. h e r o s t r a t u s Will you take pleasure in it while he makes like to you? h e l e n a i locate him interesting. besides that half is unim- h elen a ninety five portant. He has admitted to me that considering he has such a lot of different girls he isn't apt to insist too usually upon his conjugal rights. h e r o s t r a t u s You believed him? h e l e n an expensive Brother, I lived at Susa, bear in mind? With the nice King who spent days at a time in his harem, going from girl to lady and none of them me, yet I didn’t care so long as I knew I had his companionship. h e r o s t r a t u s Y o u suggest so long as you have been Empress. h e l e n a i'm now not Greek such as you. this stuff don’t subject to me. Or to Achoris. He has additionally made it really undeniable that i will be able to see whomsoever i admire, at any time when i admire. h e r o s t r a t u s enthusiasts? h e l e n a definite. HEROSTRATUS Me? h e l e n a that's my dream, the 3 o f us associates, jointly. h e r o s t r a t u s you're ambitious. h e l e n a i need to be to outlive. h e r o s t r a t u s So it was once all a dream. Sicily and us. h e l e n a there's a a lot greater dream now. You and that i and Achoris! imagine how greatest our lives may be! h e r o s t r a t u s whilst will you marry him? h e l e n a on the moon’s final region. evidently, Artemisa and Maussollus might be current. it's also attainable that the Em­ peror himself will attend. h e r o s t r a t u s Will I be invited? h e l e n a i would like you at my facet. h e r o s t r a t u s yet i'm a recognized progressive. h e l e n a Oh, yet not anyone takes that heavily. now not now. Helena’s tactlessness is greater than Herostratus can undergo. Do you already know what you might have performed? you've made me a funny story! The brother o f the 2 sisters of Ephesus for ever safe it doesn't matter what he does. secure and impotent, saved on a leash like a puppy lion - no, a sheep, a goat. i may kill you, Helena V h er o stratu s ninety six Is this my gift? I kept your lifestyles and now you need to take. . . ours. h e r o s t r a t u s a minimum of it'd be whatever to have performed. h elen a Herostratus stops; conscious o f her use of pronoun. What do you suggest ‘ours* ? I suggest that i'm pregnant. along with your baby. h er o stratu s h elen a Herostratus is just too astonished to talk. Helena has ultimately vehicle­ ried the day; she condescends to be marvelous. because of this i need to marry Achoris. this is the reason i need the 3 folks to be pals.

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