The Paradise of Choice


London and surroundings.


A man and woman are released from prison. They walk through London, which they find intimidating, and out onto the Bath road towards Reading. Eventually they come to a villa with a telescope fitted to the roof of a tower. After eating they climb the tower and look through the telescope into a timeless abyss. Three months later, much to their relief, they pass back through the prison gates.


There is an obvious contrast between the meaningless universe of the astronomer and the meaningful universe of Yorkshire Dick in the previous story.