John Banville Spectates Tennis

"It was not exactly a conversation, more a sort of laborious, intermittent batting; we were like a pair of decrepit tennis players having a game at close of day, lobbing slow balls high up to and fro through the darkening air."

Aug 2
From “Ghosts”

"They were so cool, that trio, so seemingly detached, looking at him in that amused, measured way, tossing their secret knowledge from one to another, like a tensely springy, soft-furred tennis ball."

Jul 17
From “Vengeance”

"Quirke had positioned himself by the fireplace again and was regarding each in turn, like a spectator at a tennis match."

Apr 17
From “Christine Falls”

"Aunt Corky has been following these exchanges like a spectator at a tennis match."

Apr 17
From “Athena”

"Petra too is still watching the pair of them, back and forth, back and forth, like a spectator engrossed in a tennis match"

Apr 17
From “The Infinities”

"The girl had been watching us, turning her eyes slowly from one to the other of us, like a spectator at a tennis match."

Apr 17
From “The Book of Evidence”

"The Colonel, increasingly alarmed, looked wildly from one of them to the other and back again, his eyes clicking in their sockets, as if he were watching a tennis match that had started in friendly enough fashion but had suddenly turned murderous."

Apr 17
From “The Sea”