Wolters-Noordhoff bv Groningen, 1992
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Ferdinand Clegg lived in London. His dad died in a car-crash in 1937 when he was just 2 years old. Later he was told his father got an accident because he was drunk. After that, his mother went of with another man. His Aunt Annie and his Uncle Dick took care of him for the rest of his youth. He grew up with his two cousins. Mabel was a spastic girl and the boy went Australia in his early twenty’s, he never saw him again. When his uncle died in 1950 he be left with his aunt and his cousin Mabel.
In his early twenty’s Ferdinand won the lottery and got a few thousand pounds. He bought a big house, but he had just one dream: Miranda. Miranda was a twenty-one year old student of the art-school. He was observing for a long time. After two years he kidnaps her and kept her in his own cellar. He looked after her very well; he bought lots of the most beautiful cloths for her, painting stuff so see could paint, the finest food etc. At the beginning they made a deal: he would release her after one month. During that time the talked a lot and looked in painting books, she did some painting by herself and did some writing in her secret diary. At the beginning she was not allowed to see daylight, so after a few days she didn’t know it was day or night. First she thought Ferdinand wanted to rape her, but he was more interested in intense love. She had a lot of time for thinking; she missed her Mom, Dad and her sisters Minny and Caroline very much. Also her friends Piers and G.P. were always in her mind.
During the time she was locked up she tried several times to escape. One morning when he opened the cellar door she pushed so hard against it he got stuck between the wall and the door. Another time when she was allowed to write a letter she tried to put a tiny piece of paper with were she was on it in the envelope along. Later when Ferdinand was away during the day for some shopping she tried to dig a tunnel by getting some stones out of the wall; A few weeks later she tried to have sex with him. She was hoping he would release her after that, but he still didn’t want to. Also after the one month he was not even thinking of releasing her. Then killing him came in her mind.
Another few weeks later, half December she got ill very badly, probably pneumonia. He didn’t want her to go to a doctor. A few days later she died. First Ferdinand wanted death too, he wanted to be buried with her. The morning he planned his suicide he found her secret diary what showed she had never loved him. He didn’t want death anymore and he buried Miranda in his own backyard.
During those last few days he saw in his village a girl who looked like Miranda. She was not as pretty as Miranda, but he liked her. Later he found out her name: Marian, another M.....
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