Summer surprised us,
It’s not clear at this point whether “us” refers to humanity or the two people below: probably both.
The scene that follows recalls the French poem “Nevermore” by Valery Larbaud, in which she says: “I prefer the evening wind over the pasture, like in Bavaria one night after a shower over the Starnbergersee.” (Interestingly, that poem features lilacs, as well.)
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