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'The Camberwell Beauty' by V.S. Pritchett

The Camberwell Beauty by V.S. Pritchett, 1974

The magic trick:

Combining setting with concept and metaphor

“The Camberwell Beauty” takes the reader into England’s high-end antique trade, but it soon becomes clear Pritchett did not pick this setting and scene simply because he likes antiques. 138 more words


Restless Heart, Lying Awake

I handed in my dissertation yesterday.  It felt fantastic.  Actually, I wanted to kiss one of the bound copies but got concerned that a lip-balm smudge might have an effect on my grade.   305 more words

Mental Health

'The Mysterious Kor' by Elizabeth Bowen

The Mysterious Kor by Elizabeth Bowen, 1942

The magic trick:

Showing two womens desire for an imaginary happiness

Early in the story, Pepita talks to Arthur about her dreams of mysterious Kor, the forsaken city of a poem she quotes. 236 more words


'The Fly' by Katherine Mansfield

The Fly by Katherine Mansfield, 1922

The magic trick:

Anthropomorphizing a flys struggle to live

In what is a very creepy and unsettling scene, Mansfield details a fly’s struggle to live even as man is continually pelting it with ink. 236 more words


Bedrest, TBR and Musings

Hello, followers! I seem to have acquired quite a few of you which makes me so so happy! I really enjoy writing blog posts so I am grateful that you are reading them and (hopefully) enjoying them, too. 654 more words


The Ugly Side of the Literary Other and Societal Implications

Ancients Romans writing about their battles with ‘Savage and Terrible’ Celtic warriors, English explorers writing about how ‘Beastly’ American Indians were towards them and how in the book… 380 more words

'The Odour Of Chrysanthemums' by D.H. Lawrence

The Odour Of Chrysanthemums by D.H. Lawrence, 1911

The magic trick:

Using colloquial speech to differentiate characters back stories

One of the key elements at work here is the notion that Elizabeth Bates is not native to the setting. 328 more words