The Bell is a novel by Iris Murdoch. Published in 1958, it was her fourth novel. It is set in Imber Court, a lay religious community situated next to an enclosed order of Benedictine nuns in Gloucestershire.
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Dame Jean Iris Murdoch DBE (15 July 1919 – 8 February 1999) was an Anglo-Irish novelist and philosopher, best known for her novels about good and evil, sexual relationships, morality, and the power of the unconscious.
Paul cried himself to sleep, with tears ready to well up at least, and woke up in the middle of the night with a big erection. Right before that, he was having a dream about an eclipse. In the dream, he is walking alone among some very thin and tall bui...