The hotel room was dark and cool. The shutters were closed. Outside, in the warm garden, the early evening birdsong was carrying on; more distantly, the country town noise of hooters, klaxons, cars left idling in the main street. If you closed your eyes, and concentrated, you would probably be able …
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