This quote is taken from p181-182 of The Unbearable Lightness of Being in Aberystwyth by Malcolm Pryce.
‘I do like to keep a clean house, if that’s what you mean.’ She took the fiver. ‘It’s the little things like that that make the difference, isn’t it? A dirty keyhole is like grime on the cuffs, or not polishing the heels as well as the toes. A dead giveaway.’
‘That’s what I thought.’
‘Sometimes you can’t help but hear what goes on.’
‘Even when you’d really rather not. But what choice do you have? You can’t close your ears like you can close your eyes, can you?’
‘So what did they talk about?’
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