In the late 1930s, three reclusive middle-aged spinster sisters live on their run down family estate in Ireland. Otto Beck, a perpetual graduate student from Bavaria with a habit of making pompous declamations, rents the back lodge to work on his esoteric thesis. Imogen Langrishe, the least repressed of the sisters, begins an affair with Otto. Imogen takes the love affair seriously, but Otto just enjoys the cheap lodging and the comfort of Imogen.
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[speaking to herself, alone in bed
Poking about again. Poking about as usual. I've eyes in my head. I won't go out again. I won't go down again. I'll stay where I am. I'll stay here, in my bed.
[takes letter from behind pillow
I'm no good without you. Your lovely body. Love of all my life and all my senses. Days are passing, years could go by. Oh, my love, the happiness we had. Your lovely body. Love of all my life and all my senses.