Reminiscences of British wives in Sudan between 1926-56 narrated in this collective work encompass the hectic, tragic, adventurous, and above all the comedy of women capable of enduring what cannot be cured. 'Once, while waiting for my husband to appear for lunch at 2.30, I glanced across at our water jug. A very large rat was standing on its hind legs, freely lapping. On B.'s return I said, "I'm afraid I can't stay married to anyone who has rats drinking his drinking water. I am leaving you." B. replied, "How actually will you leave?" Lacking a camel or any other practical transport to the railhead five hundred miles away, that put a stop to the conversation.'
ROSEMARY KENRICK, wife of the former Assistant Adviser to the Governor-General ,on Constitutional and External Affairs, lived as a Sudan Political Service wife in Talodi (l945-6), Rashad ( 1946-9), Omdurman (1949-53), and Khartoum (1953-5).
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