The Twelve Quotes of Bryant & May: No. 11

Bryant and May


(Another ending)

Arthur Bryant went with him, and stayed by his side until the orderly came to take his old friend down for surgery. As John May passed through the doors, he raised his head from the pillow and gave a look back at his great friend that said I know what you’re about, and don’t you ever forget it. Everything is understood between us.

The framed photograph placed behind the bar of the Pineapple pub in Leverton Street, Kentish Town, shows a wrinkled tortoise sporting windowpane glasses and a frayed brown trilby, wrapped in a moss-green scarf like an unravelling knitted python. Close beside him, taller and just three years younger, is a ramrod-backed gentleman of debonair demeanour, dressed in a rather gaudy Savile Row suit and a scarlet silk tie.

They are smiling for the camera and for each other, as if they have finally come to understand all the secrets of the city.

From ‘The Victoria Vanishes’

2 comments on “The Twelve Quotes of Bryant & May: No. 11”

  1. Dan Terrell says:

    A very nice ending that says a lot about the strength of their professional and personal friendship.

  2. Alison says:

    I have always loved that. It sums them up and tells us everything we need to know about how they feel and how they matter to each other. It’s beautifully done.

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