Live Like a Dog, Alone
Miriam had been to the regular visit at the hospital, and needed a cab home. At the way home, she gets into a conversation with the cab driver. The cab driver is an immigrant from Kosovo, and has lived in Britain for three years, but he is still all by him-self, “I have no-one, Miriam. You have to believe me. I am no better than a dog”. The cab driver cannot talk about anything else, other then how hard his life is being all by himself, and how the girls do not like him. Miriam hates self-pity, but she has a habit to cheer people up, in any case, and that is why she still trying to help him, and tells him, that someday he will meet a girl and the good times will begin. Throughout the story Miriam’s outlook at the cab driver is changing, and something unexpected happen. Miriam is the main character in the story. She is fifty-five years old and live by her-self. The hospital visit she have to go to, gives a picture of, that something is wrong with her heart, “(…) bare on a trolley, wire you up, trust in a canula, inject into a vein – the drug stopping the heart for a few nasty, choking seconds, letting it start up again in its proper, regular steady beat”. Her husband left her, and ran off with and hysterical volatile and beautiful English actress – but with a drug problem, and it left Miriam penniless. Miriam was in a position to make money, and she did. Now she is rich, famous and ran a successful nursing agency, and she had been voted for Businesswoman of the Year. She is a workingwoman, and she spends all her time at the work. She has no time for a family life, but it seemed likes Miriam is enjoying her life alone, “If you live alone you can take care of yourself. If you have no children you can afford a face-lift(…)”. Miriam seemed like a dismissive person, and likes the way her life is, and do not want anyone into her life. That is also why Miriam tells the cab driver, that she did not live alone, and her husband was...
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