Crosswords were a passion with
since the death of the great
Ximenes he had
found few composers to please
On the whole he enjoyed the Listener puzzles as much as any, and for this purpose
took the periodical each week.
On the other
hand he delighted in Wagnerian
had the complete cycle of The Ring. He decided to do both, and to the opening
bars of the richly scored Prelude
to Das Rheingold, he sat back and turned to the penultimate
page of the Listener. This was the life.
He left the map and the diary
on top of
the bookshelf, made himself a
cup of instant
coffee and selected from his
shelf the Solti recording of
Die Walkure. No fat man, no thin-lipped woman, no raucous
tenor, no sweaty soprano distracted
as Siegmund and Sieglinde poured
souls in ecstasy of recognition.
remained untouched and gradually
Morse's eyes followed her slim
she climbed the carpeted stairs
'Bedroom or lounge?'
'Let's go into the lounge a few
'There's some whisky here. Do
you want a
'I want you.'
'And you can have me. You know
Morse took her in his arm as
there, and kissed her tenderly
on her sweet,
full lips. Then, as if the moment
unbearably blissful to be prolonged,
her body tightly to him and laid