The fifth child by Doris Lessing
* The characters present in this passage are the gang of Ben, David and Harriet.
** In this extract, when David came home one evening and found the gang to his home, watching television surrounded by: " beer cans, cartons of take-away Chinese, papers that had held fish and chips, all over the floor " he asked them to clean.
Then, David asks young people to return home. Ben leaves with the gang. David and Harriet have a conversation. Seated before his plate, David begins the dialogue. They both speak primarily of Ben.
Shortly, after Harriet and David finds himself in their bedroom, lying down in bed. Harriet spoke to David but got no answer because he sleep.
*** David and Harriet have a conversation related to Ben.
David thinks it's time to sell the house. He told Harriet that it is madness to keep it.Harriet says that he is right. She agrees to it.
However, she persists in thinking and saying that maybe the children would liketo keep it.
David does not share this view. Indeed, for him he has no children because all his children have left home because of Ben. He said Harriet has only one child: Ben.
Harriet says that Ben will eventually leave.
David asks why he would do because everything is at his disposal in the house:
come whenever they want, do what he wants, eat according to his desire ...
But for Harriet's life with the gang's lack of action, adventure so she said one day he will go to big cities. He depends of his only companions.
Despite this explanation, David is convinced that Ben will not leave the house because it's like a hotel and Harriet to keep up that it will eventually go to follow the gang.
**** David seems like superior from the gang. We can see because when David do his request to clean the scraps, the gang reacts immediately. Davis is considered as the master of the house. For this man, the band doesn't the right comes to encroach upon on his territory. Harriet and David seems like from nowon separated by a mural a transparent wall. Now, Harriet and David must sell the house. Moreover, David reproach to Harriet not to have children but more exactly he reproach to Harriet their "son" Ben. This child is considered as guilty but also Harriet. In this extract, David appears more old, shadowy and stopped. During this last years, he wasn't happy. In spite of this, Harriet hopes to find alife as before : she proposed to David holidays to be together.