'The Tax Inspector' by Peter Carey

In the morning Cathy McPherson put three soft-boiled eggs outside Benny Catchprice's door and in the afternoon she fired him from the spares department. That's who she was - his father's sister. They were both the same - big ones for kissing and cuddling, but you could not predict them. You could not rely on them for anything important. They had great soft lips and they had a family smell, like almost-rancid butter which came from deep in their skin, from the thick shafts of their wiry hair; they smelt of this, from within them, but also of things they had touched and swallowed - motor oil, radiator hoses, Life Savers, different sorts of alcohol - beer, Benedictine, alter wine on Sundays.

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