I Complici by Georges Simenon

By Georges Simenon

Sin dalla prima volta in cui Joseph Lambert ha visto l. a. faccia di Edmonde nel momento del piacere (con le narici contratte come quelle di una morta, e il labbro superiore rialzato a scoprire i denti in una smorfia di sofferenza che non somigliava in keeping with niente a un sorriso), lei ha smesso di essere una efficiente, taciturna, un po’ stolida segretaria, ed è diventata los angeles sua complice.
Fra loro è nata un’intesa che non è né amore né passione, ma piuttosto l. a. condivisione di un gioco segreto. E quando, una sera, guidando a zig-zag con los angeles sinistra mentre tiene los angeles destra tra le cosce di lei, Lambert sente dietro di sé il claxon disperato di un pullman e lo vede poi schiantarsi contro un muro, non pensa neppure a fermarsi.
Si limita a gettare un’occhiata, nello specchietto retrovisore, all’immenso rogo che ha provocato. Poche ore dopo apprenderà che, di quei quarantasette bambini che tornavano dalle vacanze, una sola è sopravvissuta. Ma chi può sapere che è lui il colpevole? Colpevole di che cosa, oltretutto? E agli occhi di chi? Di suo fratello, un uomo così saggio, equilibrato, immune da passioni pericolose? O di sua moglie, che in step with through delle numerose scappatelle gli nega l’accesso al proprio letto? O degli amici con cui gioca a bridge l. a. sera al caffè?
Esseri mediocri, che lui disprezza. are available fondo disprezza l. a. sua stessa vita. Se proverà a sviare da sé i sospetti sarà solo in step with poter ritrovare, ancora una volta, Edmonde, in line with scoprire in lei quello che aveva cercato a tentoni according to tutta l. a. vita.

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Before him the fence stretched tight over the humped land. He could see a third of a mile of it bordering the open field, every post belly-deep in stones. The planes passed so quickly and, standing there with his hand raised for a last brush, Thom suddenly experienced, like a water-bucket emptied over him, the weeks and months spent gathering rocks from the field and piling them, one by one, along the fence until only enough post showed for a top wire. To grow something took a long time, and the machines for it were slow.

The references to Thom’s “empty self” and to the “void” within him at these moments describe the condition in which he has lived since reacting so violently against Block, a condition of “fearful vacuum” (this page), the principles on which he has based his life (non-violence among them) disowned by him. The night of the school concert, forces operate upon him to draw him back from the point he has earlier reached. The moments noted above are among them; so is the figure of Hank Unger, back from the war, boasting of his killings.

He does not really want to convert the child; he prefers to evade the problems she would create in a community ordered the way his is. Contradictions of this order lead Thom to a crisis; for him the choice seems to be one of following tradition or following Christ. Ironically, the community has become the “world” which he must overcome. He is brought, however, when he learns what happened to Elizabeth, to yet another land of crisis. Stepping into Elizabeth’s grave at her funeral to effect the final placing of the coffin, Thom had been strangely affected viewing “all Wapiti” (see this page) from that vantage point.

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