Veneer of life has changed - but tales of longing ring true
'She would marry Bowser Egan because it would be lonesome being by herself in the farmhouse.''
That lingering last sentence in one of our most evocative short stories came to mind following the death of William Trevor this week.
Trevor was a writer ingeniously adept at capturing the heartache of human longing when forced to battle insuperable odds. In his much lauded 'The Ballroom of Romance', he traverses the agony of a woman who decides she will be willing to accept second best, in her desperate search for a husband.