John the gardener is disillusioned with his life, past and present. Alan is John's assistant, helplessly in love with Sylvie, the stable girl. These three characters are united by their friendship and by George, the barn spider.
Part of the Storycuts series, this short story was previously published in the collection Notwithstanding.
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