The night included visits to a "Shakers" meeting;2 to a calypso tent; to two "brams"; to a Chinese restaurant for an early breakfast; and finished up in the small hours in a merry, drunken party at the country house of one of Mendes's friends.
Although I did not rationalize it like this at the time, I must have apprehended something of its unjust and perhaps evil nature as I was profoundly affected by the incident throughout my adolescence. I curse the mother of those two sons-of-bitches over the hill.
There was then no sewerage system it came in the sand at night a miasma of stench floated up from the open cesspits to spread over the sprawling suburb and penetrate every aperture in the shacks and cottages - jalousies and Demerara windows mainly. I am deeply grateful to his sons, Alfred, Peter and Stephen, for entrusting me with the editorship of their father's writings; for patiently answering my queries, entertaining me and generally smoothing my way.
Cousin Clementine had migrated to Grenada, above all places, from Malta, also above all places. A few months before my mother died - she was already bed-ridden - my father entered into a flirtation with an attractive Portuguese woman, a member of the choir in his church, who had recently been widowed and left with a young son.
The six years which he spent at Singer brought editorial control of its in-house publication, and a late-flowering cluster of short stories and the occasional poem, together with rather more philosophical editorials than perhaps the original concept had envisaged.
She looked like a very old woman on the verge of senility, so that there was little I could say to her and even less that she could say to me. My father was five foot ten inches tall, with an olive complexion, a large, high nose and small bright eyes set far apart. That came later and inspired the same evocation every time I saw it.
The 20 Early Memories, furthest development our relationship reached was the foreplay known later in the century as "necking" and "petting", minus the variety that comes with experience.
And then, from the distance, the bell of the Roman Catholic Church boomed out the midnight hour. Others toiled in the vineyards engaged in the culture of the grapes and the stages through which these fat purple fruit passed on their way to being bottled as Madeira wine.
The next morning, as the early dawn was coming up, we arrived within the Careenage of the bay. Towards the end of the same year, three more ships arrived in Port of Spain with all of the converts - about seven hundred souls, men, women, and children - and amongst them were my grandparents-to-be, Mendes on my father's and Jardim on my mother's side.
There were other similar "stores" along the same street owned and run by other convert and non-convert Madeirans. She died soon after we returned to Trinidad. Towards the end of the war, he accidentally inhaled the poisonous gas used as a weapon by the German army, and was sent back to Britain to recover.
Trinidad Guardian, 13 March4 Centrality of the Trinidadian landscape, its flora, fauna and peoples, is characteristic of Mendes's creative writings, especially in the short stories of the Beacon period.
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