Esquire (UK)

A SIGHTING

- Joe Dunthorne

As we waited to be torn apart I remember thinking the bear looked like an actor in a bear suit who had quit his frontier theme park to live in the hills, eat ear-frill fungus, scratch his pelt on oaks cracked wide by lightning and in time forget his name and how to walk so that when he found us pegging out the groundshee­t with absolute devotion he sensed in each of us a black bear beneath the Gore-Tex, balancing well on our hind legs, playing at language and marriage, and his respect for our commitment to character was why he did not open us up.

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