Haji

Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 21.51.42Haji pictured with master and unidentified goat. ‘A month after we settled in [at the semidetached house called Applegarth in Etchingham, East Sussex, southern England, in 1960] we bought a border collie pup which we named Haji. He began as an affectionate baby bear and grew into a great nuisance….Haji was crafty, disobedient, and ignorant of the sexual life, except in perverted forms peculiar to himself: he tried to rape women visitors. He chased sheep and was shot at by barking farmers. The word “out”, used in whatever context, sent him into a hysterical ecstasy. When it was merely spelt he responded as to the vocable itself.’ — p. 18 of You’ve Had Your Time, Being the Second Part of the Confessions of Anthony Burgess. Photograph taken by, and in the possession of, Gareth MacLatchy, who believes he probably used a pre-war Kodak Brownie. Mr MacLatchy, who knew the Burgesses well, explains that the goat was kept for lawn-maintenance purposes.

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