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Waterloo Station, London
Saturday, 2 September 1939
Major? Major? I'm sorry to wake you, sir, but the train has arrived at Waterloo and you'll have to disembark."
Jack Skelton jerked too fast from deep sleep into wakefulness, and for several disorienting moments stared into the face of the conductor leaning over him, his mind unable to let go the dream images that skidded through it.
Frank Bentley and his insipid wife, Violet. Stella Wentworth, standing beautiful and untouchable under the embankment light. Matilda and Ecub, suburban