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It’s All Greek to Me! by John Mole

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Divine intervention

One evening Spiros the carpenter came up at sunset instead of his daughter Antigone. I hoped I hadn’t caused a scandal by engaging her in conversation. In Victorian times in Britain a lady was ‘compromised’, in other words her reputation ruined, if she was seen unchaperoned in the company of an unrelated man, and so it still was in rural Greece. If so, her father was in no hurry for a confrontation. He fed the chickens, tidied his yard, disappeared inside the house where there was much squawking and fluttering, and took his time over plodding down to the church to light the lamp.

I worked diligently on my tiles and watched out of the corner of my eye as he pulled the squeaking door shut and came up the path towards me. The ...

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