The bridge class read. It was as quiet as a mouse. A finger went up: “Do I have to read the epilogue too?” Yes, it had to. And of course he asked why. “Read it first, maybe you can answer it yourself later.” A moment later the book lay closed in front of him on the table. He was ready. “Was it worth it?” He thought for a moment. “Yes. Epilogues are brutal.” Judging by his face, that was something positive.
A version of this article also appeared in NRC Handelsblad of 13 November 2021
A version of this article also appeared in NRC in the morning of November 13, 2021