If I had cared to listen in on a warm spring night, I am sure I would have heard him crooning his love song up the lift shaft. Him and the magpie. Mr Melancholy and Mr Magpie, the amoro-dolorous duo. (Coetzee 2007 176)
Rutherford, Jennifer, Melancholy and the magpie: Coetzee’s Amoro-Dolorous Duo, Kunapipi, 30(2), 2008.