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Here our story begins. Guy decides to woo Nerine, the English girl he loved while studying in Vienna. They had met at the opera during a performance of The Magic Flute and in his romantic way, he wants to recreate the evening, down to the color of her dress. She has sacrificed her hair for a wig.

He drives her home and they speak of Vienna in the way of people who live in a city they love. Guy and Tessa are quite real which makes the story more precious. I came to Ibbotson recently and have been completely drawn in. This story of love lost and found in an unlikely place could have been told tritely, blithly, boringly. The author obviously knows classical music and opera. She refers to Beethoven, Brahms and Mozart in language born of love. Her use of German idioms and phrases creates a Vienna and its surroundings that comes to life.

But it is the situations that arise and the language describing them that made me cry so often: Tessa sells Schloss Pfaffenstein to Guy for a great deal of money.

She invests much of it in the opera company and loses it all. Guy learns of the folly and tracks her down at the grave of a Frau Richter in the Central Cemetery. Your friend? Look, she lived to be seventy-five! Think of all the Bertha Richters in here — you can feel their courage, somehow, coming up through the ground. Yet these characters live as surely as the hero and heroine. Moreover, the people who appear for a paragraph or less than a page are just as well-drawn.

Ibbotson has true gift for characterization.

I generally love thick, meaty historicals full of detail. It was not the first honorary degree he had been awarded. Persuaded three years ago to take up a professorship in London, he still managed to pursue his investigations in the more exotic corners of the world, and he had been lucky with his finds.

He's Dean of the Science Faculty now. If it wasn't for him I doubt if I'd go; I've no desire to go anywhere near the Nazis. But I owe him a lot and his family were very good to me. I stayed with them one summer. There'd been an accident-prone anthropologist whose monograph on the Mi-Mi had fallen out of a rowing boat, and a pigtailed little girl with a biblical name he couldn't now recall.

It won't delay me more than a couple of days. I know I can trust you to see the stuff through the customs, but if there's any trouble I'll sort it out when I come. The smell of vanilla too, as he pulled down the windows, and the lilacs and laburnums in the park.

In Sacher's Hotel he found that his booking had been honoured. But in the bar three German officers with their peroxided girlfriends were talking loudly in Berlin accents.

Even if there had been time to have a drink, Quin would not have joined them. In fact there was no time at all for the unthinkable had happened and the fabled Orient Express had developed engine trouble. Changing quickly into a dark suit, he hurried to the university. Berger's secretary had written to him before he left England, explaining that robes would be hired for him, and all degree ceremonies were much the same. It was only necessary to follow the person in front in the manner of penguins.

All the same, it was even later than he had realized. Groups of men in scarlet and gold, in black and purple, with hoods bound in ermine or tasselled caps, stood on the steps; streams of proud relatives in their best clothes moved through the imposing doors.

The Dean was hoping to welcome you before the ceremony, but he's already in the hall so he'll meet you at the reception. The velvet hat was too big, but he pushed it onto the back of his head and went out to join the other candidates waiting in the anteroom. The organist launched into a Bach passacaglia, and between a fat lady professor from the Argentine and what seemed to be the oldest entomologist in the world, Quin marched down the aisle of the Great Hall towards the Chancellor's throne.

As he'd expected in this city, where even the cab horses were caparisoned, the ceremony proceeded with the maximum of pomp. Men rose, doffed their caps, bowed to each other, sat down again. The organ pealed. Long-dead alumni in golden frames stared down from the wall.

Seated to the right of the dais, Quin, looking for Berger in the row of academics opposite, was impeded by the hat of the lady professor from the Argentine who seemed to be wearing an outsize academic soup tureen. One by one, the graduates to be honoured were called out to have their achievements proclaimed in Latin, to be hit on the shoulder by a silver sausage containing the charter bestowed on the university by the Emperor Maximilian, and receive a parchment scroll. Quin, helping the entomologist from his chair, wondered whether the old gentleman would survive being hit by anything at all, but he did.

The fat lady professor went next. His view now unimpeded, Quin searched the gaudily robed row of senior university members but could see no sign of Berger. It was eight years since they had met, but surely he would recognize that wise, dark face? His turn now. The public orator will now introduce Professor Somerville to you. While the fulsome platitudes in praise of his achievements rolled out, Quin grew increasingly uneasy - and suddenly what had seemed to be an archaic but not undignified attempt to maintain the traditions of the past, became a travesty, an absurd charade mouthed by puppets.

The oration ceased, leaving him the youngest professor in the University of Thameside, Fellow of the Royal Society, Gold Medallist of the Geographical Association and the Sherlock Holmes of pre-history whose inspired investigations had unlocked the secrets of the past. Quin scowled and climbed the dais. The Chancellor raised his sausage - and recoiled.

Quin mastered himself, took the scroll, returned to his place. And now at last it was over and he could ask the question that had haunted him throughout the tedious ceremony. But the new Dean, Professor Schlesinger, is waiting to greet you. Where is Professor Berger? Please answer my question.

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Nobody who is not racially pure can hold high office. Is he still in Vienna? Many Jews have been trying to emigrate. Then a particularly well-nourished pair of caryatids sent him through an archway and into the courtyard.

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The concierge was not in her box; no one impeded him as he made his way up the wide marble staircase to the first floor.

Professor Berger's brass plate was still screwed onto the door, but the door itself, surprisingly, was ajar. He pushed it open. Here in the old days he had been met by a maid in a black apron, but there was no one there. The Professor's umbrella and walking sticks were still in the stand, his hat hung on its hook.

Making his way down the passage with its thick Turkey carpet, he knocked on the door of the study and opened it. He had spent many hours here working on the symposium, awed by Berger's scholarship and the generosity with which he shared his ideas. The Professor's books lined the wall, the Remington, under its black cover, stood on the desk. Yet the silence was eerie. He thought of the Marie Celeste, the boat found abandoned in mid-ocean with the cups still on the table, the uneaten food.

A double door led from the study into the dining room with its massive table and tall leather-backed chairs. The Meissen plates were still on the dresser; a cup the Professor had won for fencing stood on the sideboard. Increasingly puzzled, he moved on into the drawing room. The paintings of alpine landscapes hung undisturbed on the walls; the Professor's war medals lay in their cases under glass.

A palm tree in a brass pot had been watered - yet he had never sensed such desolation, such emptiness. No, not emptiness after all. In a distant room someone was playing the piano. Hardly playing, though, for one phrase was repeated again and again: an incongruous, chirruping phrase like the song of a bird.

He was in the rooms facing the courtyard now, opening more doors. And now a last door, and the source of the sound. A girl, her head cradled in the curve of her arm as it lay on the piano, the other hand touching the keys. In the moment before she noticed him, he saw how weary she was, how bereft of hope. Then she lifted her head and as she looked at him he remembered, suddenly, her name. You must be Ruth.

A kind of Rapunzel situation had developed with her hair; still blonde, but loose to below her shoulders and shot through with colours that were hard to name… ash… bronze… a sort of greenish gold that was almost khaki. Inside its mass as she waited, perhaps, for a prince to ascend its tresses, was a pale triangular face with dark smudged eyes. She looked down at the keys. It's supposed to be based on the song of a starling that - ' Her voice broke and she bent her head to vanish, for a moment, into the privacy accorded by her tumbled hair.

But now she, too, recalled the past. You're Professor Somer-ville! I remember when you came before and we were so disappointed.

You were supposed to have sunburnt knees and a voice like Richard the Lionheart's. Horses used to kneel at his shout, didn't you know? It was not the eyes one noticed now, but the snub nose, the wide mouth, the freckles.

My father tried to contact you while he was still allowed to telephone. Did it go all right? In London. My mother too, and my aunt… and Uncle Mishak. They went a week ago. And Heini as well - he's gone to Budapest to pick up his visa and then he's joining them. He remembered her as, if anything, over-protected, too much indulged. She shook her head. But it all went wrong. Her eyes filled with tears; one hand clenched itself into a fist which she pressed against her cheek as though to hold in grief.

And I'm trapped here now. There is nobody left. Tell me exactly what happened. And come away from the piano so that we can be comfortable.

There's always a dinner after the honorary degrees. You'll be expected. I was in my second year, reading Natural Sciences. I was going to help my father till Heini and I could… ' 'Who's Heini? Well, sort of… He and I… ' Sentences about Heini did not seem to be the kind she finished. But Quin now had recalled the prodigy in his wooden hut. He could attach no face to Heini, only the endless sound of the piano, but now there came the image of the pigtailed child carrying wild strawberries in her cupped hands to where he played.

It had lasted then, her love for the gifted boy. If you don't want to emigrate for good, the British don't mind. I didn't even have to have a J on my passport because I'm only partly Jewish. The Quakers were marvellous.

They arranged for me to go on a student transport from Graz. They took him to that hell hole by the Danube Canal - the Gestapo House. He was held there for days and no one told me. Then they released him and told him he had to leave the country within a week with his family or be taken to a camp.

They were allowed to take just one suitcase each and ten German marks - you can't live for a day on that, but of course nothing mattered as long as they could get away.

I'd gone ahead on the student transport two days before. They were looking for our Certificates of Harmless-ness. It's to show you haven't been politically active. They don't want to send people abroad who are going to make trouble for the regime.

I'd read Dostoevsky, of course, and I thought one should be on the side of the proletariat and go to Siberia with people in exile and all that. I'd always worried because we seemed to have so much.

I mean, it can't be right that some people should have everything and others nothing. But what to do about it isn't always simple. It seems childish now - we thought we were so fierce.

And, of course, all the time the authorities had me down as a dangerous radical! I phoned a friend of theirs because they'd cut off our telephone and she said they were off the next day. I knew that if they realized I was still in Austria they wouldn't go, so I went to stay with our old cook in Grinzing till they left. She shrugged. The most difficult thing I've ever done.

I'll go to the British Consulate in the morning. There's a man called Eichmann who runs something called the Department of Emigration. He's supposed to help people to leave, but what he really does is make sure they're stripped of everything they own. You don't know what it's like - people weeping and shouting… ' He had risen and begun to walk up and down, needing to think. My grandmother had two of them, but she died last year. When I was small I used to ride round and round the corridors on my tricycle.

He was decorated twice for bravery — he couldn't believe that none of that counted. I don't think he ever thought about it. His religion was to do with people… with everyone trying to make themselves into the best sort of person they could be. He believed in a God that belonged to everyone… you had to guard the spark that was in you and make it into a flame.

And my mother was brought up as a Catholic so it's doubly hard for her. She's only half-Jewish, or maybe a quarter, we're not quite sure. She had a very Aryan mother - a sort of goat-herding lady. It's hard to believe.

My grandmother came from the country - the goat-herding one. My grandfather really found her tending goats — well, almost. She came from a farm. We used to laugh at her a bit and call her Heidi; she never opened a book in her life, but I'm grateful to her now because I look like her and no one ever molests me. In the corner beside an oleander in a tub, was a painted cradle adorned with roses and lilies.

Over the headboard, painstakingly scrolled, were the words Ruthie's cradle. Quin set it rocking with the toe of his shoe. Beside him, Ruth had fallen silent.

Down in the courtyard a single tree -a chestnut in full blossom - stretched out its arms. A swing was suspended from one branch; on a washing line strung between two posts hung a row of red-and-white checked tea towels, and a baby's shirt no bigger than a handkerchief. It seemed so safe to me. The safest place in the world. She had thought of the Englishman as kind and civilized. Now the crumpled face looked devilish: the mouth twisted, the skin stretched tight over the bones. It lasted only a moment, his transformation into someone to fear.

Then he laid a hand lightly on her arm. There will be something we can do. There were no words to describe the chaos and despair the Anschluss had caused. He had arrived early at the British Consulate but already there were queues. People begged for pieces of paper - visas, passports, permits - as the starving begged for bread.

She'd have to re-apply for emigration and that could take months or years. The quota's full, as you know. Or get her a domestic work permit? My family would offer her employment. Everything's at sixes and sevens here with Austria no longer being an independent state. The Embassy's going to close and they're sending staff home all the time.

Her entire family's in England - she's alone in the world. At least nothing you'd consider. Oh, bother the girl, thought Quin. He had a sleeper booked on the evening train; the exams began in less than a week. When he took his sabbatical, he'd promised to be back for the end of term.

Letting his deputy mark his papers was no part of his plan. He turned into the Felsengasse and went up to the first floor. The door was wide open. In the hallway, the mirror was smashed, the umbrella stand lay on its side. The word Jude had been smeared in yellow paint across the photograph of the Professor shaking hands with the Kaiser.

In the drawing room, pictures had been ripped off the walls; the palm tree, tipped out of its pot, lay sprawled on the carpet.

The silver ornaments were missing, the Afghan rug… In the dining room, the doors were torn from the dresser, the Meissen porcelain was gone. On the verandah, Ruth's painted cradle had been kicked into splintered wood.

He had forgotten the physical effects of rage.

He had to draw several deep breaths before the giddiness passed and he could turn and go downstairs. This time the concierge was in her box.

They do that when an apartment is abandoned. It's not official, but no one stops them. The Professor asked me to look after his flat, but how can I? A German diplomat is moving in next week. What happened to her? But you won't say anything, will you, Herr Doktor? My husband's been a Nazi for years and he'd never forgive me. I could get into awful trouble. Flanked by her generals, a number of horses and some box hedges, she gazed at the strolling Viennese with the self- satisfied look of a good hausfrau who has left her larder full and her cupboards tidy.

Every school child knew that it was she who had made Austria great, that the six-year-old Mozart had sat on her knee, that her daughter, Marie Antoinette, had married the King of France and lost her head.

But for Ruth the plump and homely Empress was something more: she was the guardian of the two great museums which flanked the square that bore her name. To the south was the Museum of Art - a gigantic, mock Renaissance palace which housed the famous Titians, the Rembrandts, the finest Breughels in the world.

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To the north - its replica down to the last carved pillar and ornamented dome - was the Museum of Natural History. As a child she had loved both museums. The Art Museum belonged to her mother and it was filled with uplift and suffering and love - rather a lot of love. The Madonnas loved their babies, Jesus loved the poor sinners, and St Francis loved the birds. In the Natural History Museum there wasn't any love, only sex - but there were stories and imagined journeys -and there was work.

This was her father's world and Ruth, when she went there, was a child set apart. For when she had had her fill of the cassowary on his nest and the elephant seal with his enormous, rearing chest, and the glinting ribbons of the snakes, each in its jar of coloured fluid, she could go through a magic door and enter, like Alice, a secret, labyrinthine world. For here, behind the gilded, silent galleries with their grey-uniformed attendants, was a warren of preparation rooms and laboratories, of workshops and sculleries and offices.

It was here that the real work of the museum was done: here was the nerve centre of scholarship and expertise which reached out to every country in the world. Since she was tiny, Ruth had been allowed to watch and help. Sometimes there was a dinosaur being assembled on a stand; sometimes she was allowed to sprinkle preservative on a stretched-out skin or polish glass slides for a histologist drawing the mauve and scarlet tissues of a cell, and her father's room was as familiar to her as his study in the Felsengasse.

In earlier times, Ruth might have sought sanctuary in a temple or a church. Now, homeless and desolate, she came to this place. It was Tuesday, the day the museum was closed to the public. Silently, she opened the side door and made her way up the stairs.

Her father's room was exactly as he had left it. His lab coat was behind the door; his notes, beside a pile of reprints, were on the desk. On a work bench by the window was the tray of fossil bones he had been sorting before he left.

No one yet had unscrewed his name from the door, nor confiscated the two sets of keys, one of which she had left with the concierge. She put her suitcase down by the filing cabinet and wandered through into the cloakroom with its gas ring and kettle. Leading out of it was a preparation room with shelves of bottles and a camp bed on which scientists or technicians working long hours sometimes slept for a while. But why should he come, this Englishman who owed her nothing? Why should he even have got the keys she had left with the concierge?

Hardly aware of what she was doing, she pulled a stool towards the tray of jumbled bones and began, with practised fingers, to separate out the vertebrae, brushing them free of earth and fragments of rock.

As she bent forward, her hair fell on the tray and she gathered it together and twisted it into a coil, jamming a long-handled paintbrush through its mass. Heini liked her hair long and she'd learnt that trick from a Japanese girl at the university. The silence was palpable. It was early evening now; everyone had gone home.

Not even the water pipes, not even the lift, made their usual sounds. Painstakingly, pointlessly, Ruth went on sorting the ancient cave bear bones and waited without hope for the arrival of the Englishman.

Yet when she heard the key turn in the door, she did not dare to turn her head. Then came footsteps which, surprisingly, were already familiar, and an arm stretched over her shoulder so that for a moment she felt the cloth of his jacket against her cheek.

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Look at the size of the neural canal.Hurry along then. He had arrived early at the British Consulate but already there were queues. Many Jews have been trying to emigrate. Hardly aware of what she was doing, she pulled a stool towards the tray of jumbled bones and began, with practised fingers, to separate out the vertebrae, brushing them free of earth and fragments of rock.

The Quakers were marvellous. It was an honour he was conferring; a great gift - she understood that at once. She was not of his world, she said; it would not be suitable.