George Gissing (1857-1903) was an English writer whose works belonged to the literary movement of naturalism. In his books, George Gissing revealed the social topics and depicted the life of lower classes of the English society. His main characters often were poor people, drifters and prostitutes who struggled to survive. Gissing tried to understand those people's feelings but at the same time, he couldn't conceal his disgust towards them. Eventually it led to his attempts to escape from the controversies of reality through writing books set in ancient times.
It was twenty years ago, and on an evening in May. At sunset, I leaved the house. I preferred to go for a walk, the weather was warm and there was an unwonted sweetness in the air. I saw an old bookshop and visited it. In the shop, I chose a book and went to a stall. I had been vaguely aware of someone beside me, a man who also was looking over the books. He seemed about to say something. I walked slowly away; the man moved in the same direction… Who was it? What he wanted to do? Read the story till the end to know it!