Freitag, 30. Oktober 2015

The Fourth Hand

"Wallingford was in India. His all-news network, which, because of its penchant for the catastrophic , was often referred to by the snobs in the media elite as 'Disaster International,' or the 'calamity channel,' had sent him to the site of an Indian circus in Gujarat. (No sensible news network would have sent a field reporter from New York to a circus in India.)
The Great Ganesh Circus was performing in Junagadh, and one of their trapeze artists, a young woman had fallen. She was renowned for 'flying' - as the work of such aerialists is called - without a safetynet, and while she was not killed in the fall, which was from a height of eighty feet, her husband/trainer had been killed when he attempted to catch her. Although her plummeting body killed him, he managed to break her fall.
The Indian gevernment instantly declared no more flying without a net, and the Great Ganesh, among other small circuses in India, protested the ruling. [...]
Many of the performers were children, and these mostly girls. Their parents had sold them to the circus so they could have a better (meaning a safer) life. [...]
Why most of the children were girls was a subject any good journalist would have been interested in, and Wallingford - wheter or not one believed his ex-wife's assessment of his character - was a good journalist. [...].

Irving, John: "The Fourth Hand ", New York 2001, S.7f.

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