Literature in English, SPM year 2013. Board of Examination, Ministry of Education Malaysia
Extract of Sort Stories
1. It was gone. The discovery knocked her breath away and she had to sit on the bed while the room spun around, until her breath came back in short, agitated pants. Panic welled inside her. She tore the sheets off the bed, crawled on hands and knees on the cold stone floor, searching for non-existent crevices, then feeling a heavy sickness clogging the pit of her stomach, she began to rummage through the drawers, scattering the contents all over the room, all the time muttering, ‘O my God! O my God! under her breath, until Nilkant found her with dishevelled hair and terrified, dilated eyes, peering into the night.
2. … He tried to think a little about the ballerinas. They weren’t really very good – no better than anybody else would have been, anyway. They were burdened with sashweights and bags of birdshot, and their faces were masked, so that no one, seeing a free and graceful gesture or a pretty face, would feel like something the cat dragged in …
3. ‘Of course,’ she said. ‘And you have met my little Basil as well?’ She nodded towards the dachshund curled up so comfortably in front of the fire. Billy looked at it. And suddenly, he realised that this animal had all the time been just as silent and motionless as the parrot. He put out a hand and touched it gently on the top of its back. The back was hard and cold, and when he pushed the hair to one side with his fingers, he could see the skin underneath, greyish-black and dry and perfectly preserved.
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