Emmet’s girlfriend Alice has left.
‘She was gone when he got back. There was money on the desk, for rent, which made Emmet sad, and a note on the bed he really did not want to read. Alice had the kind of handwriting that put little circles over the i’s, and sticky-out puppy tongues where the full stop should be. Alice’s handwriting made him feel like a child-molester. The note was a single sheet of paper, inside which she had written the verse everyone quotes, by Rumi:
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
And rightdoing there is a field.
I’ll meet you there.’
Anne Enright, The Green Road.