Sally – I don’t normally talk to people on the train, and you’ve said that you don’t, either. But let me just say that I am glad this time that we did.
Prue – Me too. It’s been hard. It really has. I think it’s easy to forget how much we’ve lost because it all becomes common-place and normal. I don’t feel like I miss London any more, or at least I don’t day to day, like when I am at work or eating or something like that, but when I stop and think about it – my god, the city is gone. All those people! All those families. And it really hurts, then, and I wish that I talked to more people who remember it, and who have been there.
Sally – It was the greatest city I ever visited. I am sure I’m not just saying that because it’s gone. You loved it too, right?
Prue – I’m not sure. I loved a lot about it, but some aspects I hated. The corruption. The money. The politicians. The royals. But. I don’t know. I went to school there, I was born there. My parents lived their whole lives in London. But I didn’t love it while it still existed. Just after.
Sally – I read in the newspaper that more books have been written about London than any other city.
Prue – I have read a lot of them. maybe ten. Fifteen? Most of them were after, but I am sure I read at least one in high school.
Sally – Oh, no, this article said that there are thousands and thousands of books about London, and more are written every year.
Prue – I guess everyone who can remember the city wants to write about it before they die, so that it is never forgotten.
Sally – I suppose so. And I don’t know if I think that is a good thing or not.
Part of the Railroad Perfection series