WeWriWa— “The more the merrier”

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Welcome back to Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday, weekly Sunday hops where writers share 8 sentences from a book or WIP. This week’s snippet comes a bit after last week’s, It’s now the second day of Rosh Hashanah 1945, and Csilla is very eager to perform tashlich, a ceremony symbolically casting off sins by throwing breadcrumbs or fish food into a body of water.

Most of her friends have no interest in it, but there are some takers. Their gracious host, Mrs. Goldmark, volunteers some of the fish food she recovered when she returned to her old house after the war. None of the fish in her family’s pond had survived, though she took the food in expectation of someday having another fishpond.

Before leaving, Csilla asks once more if anyone else wants to come. She’s not expecting Mrs. Goldmark’s oldest son Imre to take up the invitation.

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Imre put down Attila József’s Bear Dance poems. “May I tag along?”

“The more the merrier.” Mrs. Goldmark smiled at Csilla. “It’s never a bad thing to take along more than one man for protection.”

“What do I need a man for protection for when I’m gotten along pretty damn well without any men to protect me for so long?  Even if there’d been no war, I’m more tomboyish than Eszti.”

“Soviet soldiers won’t care how tomboyish you are,” Artur said. “All they care is that you’re a woman.  You can’t argue you’re tall and strong enough to fight off some big burly soldier, even if you are taller than most women.”

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Attila József (József Attila in the Hungarian name order) was one of Hungary’s greatest national poets. He wrote a lot of deeply passionate and romantic poetry, along with poems expressing a yearning for a loving maternal figure. Imre is crazy about him, and later quotes from his famous poem “Ode” in a love letter to Csilla.

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15 comments on “WeWriWa— “The more the merrier”

  1. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    Oh, Mrs. Goldmark is really trying to set them up, but Csilla is oblivious to it. Nice snippet! 🙂

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  2. It is often better not to walk alone!

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  3. Jenna Jaxon says:

    I like Csilla’s strong sentiments on being able to take care of herself. But she does need friends to help protect her. We could certainly use her and her spirit with us today. Nice snippet!

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  4. Another excellent excerpt. I’m glad your heroine is so strong and self confident but I think it’s probably a good thing to have a strong man along, just in case.

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  5. historysleuth1 says:

    Very good snippet. Nice contrast between Csilla’s determination and the hash realities that Arthur points out.

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  6. angelicadawson says:

    I hope she bends enough to take help when offered.

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  7. P.T. Wyant says:

    I love her independent streak!

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  8. Ed Hoornaert says:

    While it’s good to be independent, in the times she’s living in, she’d be foolish to turn down as many escorts as possible.

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  9. Diane Burton says:

    Good snippet. I agree with Ed that it’s good to be independent, but she needs to be careful considering the possibility of danger.

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  10. There’s a strength in numbers, and sometimes you have to cautious. It’s not a perfect world, after all…

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  11. “What do I need a man for protection for when I’m gotten along pretty damn well without any men to protect me for so long?” I’m with her!

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  12. naomi shaw says:

    Always good to have company. Great snippet

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  13. I love her, “I don’t need a man,” attitude. Great snippet and photos. 🙂

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  14. I like a strong heroine, but when there are soldiers and the potential for bad dealings, over-confidence could be her undoing. Good snippet, Carrie-Anne.

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  15. Well that got pretty blunt! I like her confident streak though, and the fact she’s not afraid to swear. She seems like my kind of character. Still, with soldiers around, you can’t be too careful.

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