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Introduction by Ray Monk
Saved by education from a delinquent childhood, cheated of Oxford by a tragic love tangle, Hilary Burde cherishes his obsessive guilt and disappointment in a dull civil service job. When the man whom he has betrayed reappears as head of his department, Hilary hopes for forgiveness and a new life, but finds himself haunted by a ghostly repetition.
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