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THE SOUTHAMPTON HUNDREDS

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At end of summer Ari comes back for the second year and takes over my room. I leave. She buys me a black corduroy jacket to wear to the interview I have at Kingston Library. A friend from school whose sister lives in Southampton gives me a lift in his mini with all my lps, and when we reach my house he asks me if I want to come and have a drink with him and the lads. I demur hurriedly even though all that awaits me indoors is dad’s incomprehension, and he looks at me strangely as he drives away.