Prague’s Special Women

Thursday 20th August 2020

Prague’s women are special when taken from their original placing and placed in Prague for permanent residence – until, that is, they decide to reside elsewhere but never back home. Two in particular have made Prague their background for 30 years or more. A person for whom home is insufficient will scarcely be the type to merge into the background. Mousey ones are rarely found in the ex-patriate community, far from it. These ones are majesties whatever their circumstances whose grove, like all Majesties, is fixed by fierce willpower and never alters. They were also, like Anthony Mottram himself, important Bloc re-shapers after the Wall came down. We took coffee with one majesty, who was swathed and with dog. Despite exceeding the retirement age almost by a generation, this superb woman is still moving towards castles that might be hotels, investors are looming, schemes for decor are afoot. When she began to talk of the building upheaval on the pavement, her fall and broken bones, the failure of the railing, the theme, to me, was dimly reminiscent, like one of Wagner’s motifs, which you know you have heard before but could never say quite where. So it continues, the machinations, the paperwork, the translators, the tiny chinks admitted by the authorities, the waves of hope, the retreats… the grove will be ploughed whatever, to the bitter end and beyond.

A matching majesty, still in her prime, supreme, owner of a private business, spoke at dinner outdoors of the American Gays who loomed in Prague some years before. It was the same thing – the great theme sounding that was heard at the opening of the piece, in this case last year or even the year before. I knew it. In fact Anthony Mottram had sent a thank-you note to these Gays on first meeting them. ‘I quite see that your thrilling idea for a computer programme absorbed all your attention and you couldn’t possibly be expected to take an interest in anybody else.’ It was in the computer scheme that the matching majesty had invested. It was to be earth-shattering in some way, bringing together all known programmes in some new kind of harmony rather as the United Nations is supposed to do. The only drawback is that no such scheme has appeared. What are those Gays doing, apart from travelling 1st class as they were last year or the year before? Matching Majesty is still poised, papers are being studied, Facebook groups formed, legal angles considered. Her grove is unwavering, the narrative path uncertain except that it will never be relinquished.

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