This story came out of King Lear
and rollicking house prices in Britain.
Nothing divides families as completely as a legacy
squabbled over. Good kind friends can become avaricious and spiteful
when confronted with money to divide among themselves. For lots
their inheritance comes from their parent’s houses, their
tiny kingdoms and I thought how like Lear it all was, how avarice
brings out an ugly, unfamiliar sides in all of us. The fact that
property prices are rising so fast in parts of the UK ups the stakes,
literally. Enormous, unthinkable amount of money can be involved
and families can be ripped apart by the house they grew up in,
the houses that their parents worked hard to buy so that they would
have something to leave.
It could have been called ‘Legacy’ but
connote stabbing and decay and inexplicable fires just as well,