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'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


'Dusky Ruth' by A.E. Coppard

Dusky Ruth by A.E. Coppard, 1921

The magic trick:

Imbuing his tale of a one-night stand with just the right amount of sexuality

“Dusky Ruth” is about a one-night stand, so it stands to reason that sexuality is at the heart of the story. 224 more words


'The Facts Of Life' by Somerset Maugham

The Facts Of Life by Somerset Maugham, 1939

The magic trick:

Providing a counterpoint to the world of P.G. Wodehouse

This is pleasant, light-hearted comedy; fluff, if you will. 309 more words