Knowing

“What can this be?” she said, leaning forward and turning up the car radio.
“A series of variations by Beethoven for violin and piano. It’s very nice,” I said.
“You have to wonder where it all comes from,” she said.
“Well,” I said. “it’s on a theme of Händel, ‘See the Conquering Hero …’

from the oratorio, Judas Maccabaeus.”

“Yes, I know,” she said.
“ If you knew, why did you ask?”
“I mean where does all of this come from. I know what it is. “
“You mean all this stuff?”
“Exactly,” she said.

Stuart Dodds

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