The Master and Margarita

flowers
flowers

” She was carrying some of those repulsive yellow flowers. God knows what they’re called, but for some reason they’re the first to appear in Moscow. They stood out very sharply against her black dress. She was carrying yellow flowers! It’s an ugly color. She turned off Tverskaya into a side-street and turned round. You know the Tverskaya, don’t you? There must have been a thousand people on it but I swear to you that she saw no one but me. She had a look of suffering and I was struck less by her beauty than by the extraordinary loneliness in her eyes. Obeying that yellow signal I too turned into the side-street and followed her. We walked in silence down that dreary, winding little street without saying a word, she on one side, I on the other. There was not another soul in the street. I was in agony because I felt I had to speak to her and was worried that I might not be able to utter a word, she would disappear and I should never see her again. Then, if you can believe it, she said :
” Do you like my flowers? ”

I remember exactly how her voice sounded. It was pitched fairly low
but with a catch in it and stupid as it may sound I had the impression that
it echoed across the street and reverberated from the dirty yellow wall. I
quickly crossed to her side and going up to her replied :

” No”

SHE LOOKED
AT ME IN SURPRISE AND SUDDENLY, COMPLETELY UNEXPECTEDLY, I REALISED THAT I HAD BEEN IN LOVE WITH THIS WOMAN ALL MY LIFE.

“The Master and Margarita”  Mikhail Bulgakov

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