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ID
b9
Title
The Holiday
Genre
Story
Page Count
7
Word Count
1630
Publisher
New Statesman
Publication Year
1927
Topics
Marriage, Youth

A young couple are briefly separated while returning by train from a seaside holiday. On returning home together he is unable to sleep, imagining the breathing of his wife and child as the sound of the sea.

In The Blossoming World (18) Bates quotes a letter in which his editor, Edward Garnett, praises the story (originally called "Once"), saying "It is beautifully rendered, the woman's absorption in the baby and the man's absorption in both...all is beautifully felt." In The New Statesman (January 1, 1927), Day's End and Other Stories (1928), Thirty Tales (1934).