BY PATRICK WHITE
"I must go in soon and take part in the play, which, as usual, is a piece about eels."
In a dingy inner-city boarding house, a naïve young poet is inexorably drawn into the strange world of the basement-dwelling landlord and his wife, the splendidly grotesque Mr and Mrs Lusty. When Mr Lusty dies, his widow his widow prepares a splendid funeral and wake in his honour and the relatives gather. Gradually the young man finds himself drawn into a desperate and dangerous sexual game, with comically tragic consequences.