story: “Homage for Isaac Babel”
author: Doris Lessing
where: Al Reem
note: This story has such a curious premise and there is virtually no backstory for the characters or their relationships to one another, which makes me think of Hemingway, of course.
a line: “Philip rescued her by saying with disdain: ‘Some people don’t know right from wrong even when it’s demonstrated to them.’”
theme(s): Simplicity, maturity