By Samuel Beckett
Molloy, the 1st of the 3 masterpieces which represent Samuel Beckett’s well-known trilogy, seemed in French in 1951, seven months later by way of Malone Dies (Malone meurt) and years later through The Unnamable (L’Innommable). Few works of latest literature were so universally acclaimed as significant to their time and to our knowing of the human event.
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Iris learns. Iris is shy but Iris learns. Fairly quickly she makes friends with one or two girls who are accessible . . then with a few more . . and even a boy or two, the less pushy, less aggressive, less dirty-mouthed boys . . none of them are Negro, of course, or, as it's said here, "colored" ; the two groups keep to themselves most of the time, eating lunch in sepa rate groups, playing together, talking, wisecracking, scuffling, fighting . . and drifting homeward from school, since the colored children live generally to the north in the section oflowertown near the river and the white children live elsewhere.
She's staring down at the woman's head, at the thin frazzled colorless hair, hoping she won't see any signs of lice. More than once since their move to Curry from the "nice" place on Java poor Iris came home from school infected; it's no laughing matter. She notes too how extraordinarily thin Mrs. Garlock's legs are in the calf, a sickly dead-white, covered with coarse brown hairs. Suddenly Mrs. Garlock opens her eyes wide and says meanly, "Don't look! Don't judge! You're too young! You're too pretty!
And stares rudely at Persia as if he has never before seen anyone or anything like her. Then asks, suspiciously, "Whatcha doin' with Momma? Howcorne 18 you're here? " His stare is long and hard and assessing, a grown man's. Persia says, quickly, "Your mother doesn't feel too well . . she asked me to walk home with her. " The boy snarls at Mrs. Garlock, "Momma, for shit sake whatcha doin' ! Actin' like you're crazy or somethin' ! " Within seconds mother and son are fighting, and Mrs. Garlock, inches shorter than the boy and twenty pounds lighter, manages a windmill assault upon him, cuffing his head and shoul ders, cursing like a man, until the boy gives her a violent shove and slams out the front door, and Mrs.