(between my husband and myelf there is a) ... tight-stretched silence...tomorrow I must play the piano again, play it and hammer it and charge it to the town's annihilation.
Sinclair Ross, As For Me and My House, McClelland & Stewart, Toronto, 1941, p. 24-25.
TIME: early 20th C.
PLACE: Canadian Prairies
CIRCUMSTANCE: a stiff reserve between husband and wife, and a repressive town which constrains her piano-playing.