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He told me he was twenty three years old - about my own age - and was undertaking a walking tour of Europe. His aim was to reach the Baltic, but he didn't mind if he failed. His intention, he said more than once, was to know the world now that it had overcome its tantrum, and to enjoy whatever experiences befell him. This, his boundless enthusiasm, is what features strongest in my memory. Only afterwards did I realise that such unlimited enthusiasm can often tend towards recklessness.
For good or ill, we all carry our own destinies within us, I suppose.

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    Christopher about 2 months ago

    This is a cracking good read, Drew. It's interesting delving into the psyche of those who had endured the war to end all wars. Little did they know in a scant 20 years the next war to end all wars would begin.

    But I suspect what's about to happen has little to do with that.

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    Drew Martyn about 2 months ago

    Thanks very much Christopher, I appreciate that. As you say, it's fascinating to delve into the psyche of those people - and for a short while I toyed with the idea of wherever this is going, to be just the effect of trauma on the narrators mind, but I more or less decided against that.
    And yes - your last sentence is correct :)

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    Neville Hunt about 1 month ago

    Indeed, this is an intriguing story, which, given your earlier work Drew, promises to take me to the dark side, which I do with enthusiasm, and, given the content of this drabble, this I will try to curb! (I’m playing catch-up, which may take a bit of time. Sorry for the delay, things have been very busy round here.)

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    Drew Martyn about 1 month ago

    Cheers Neville, and no problem about playing catch-up. I hope you enjoy it and thanks as always for your comments :)

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