The shy Brookner by then had become an elegantly turned-out and confident woman. Her lectures were immensely popular.

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They seemed vaguely hostile toward Brookner’s stories. “Nothing happens,” one said. We argued a bit. I suggested that plenty happened; it was just that what happened, happened inside her characters’ heads rather than between sheets or on battlefields.

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