Final Word

June 28, 1996

This week's Final Word comes from a film director who believed that we all have our reasons:

"As I bid farewell to the landscape of my childhood I think of Gabrielle. Certainly it was she who influenced me most of all. To her I owe Guignol and the Theatre Montmartre. She taught me to realise that the very unreality of those entertainments was a reason for examining real life. She taught me to see the face behind the mask, and the fraud behind the flourishes. She taught me to detest the cliche. My farewell to my childhood world may be expressed in very few words: 'Wait for me, Gabrielle.'"

The winner of last week's competition, who correctly identified Aristotle's Physics , is Chris Carmichael of Newcastle upon Tyne.

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