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    • Acorn into oak

    • Life ; Death ; Birth ; Philosophy
    • The country doctor finds himself called upon to tend a dying old man and soon after to help bring a baby into the world. The juxtaposition of these two events causes him to ponder the physical and philosophical aspects of birth and death.
    • Black magic

    • Horse-racing ; Suicide
    • Ruth recounted her story of how her handbag featured in the suicide of an ex-jockey whom she accidentally encountered and who insisted that she bet on the horse “Black Magic”, a sure winner. The man was in desperate need and was counting on some of...
    • An old flame

    • Marriage
    • Janet puts all her efforts into helping her friend Linda revive her marriage which had become very routine and dull. As she tries to help Linda, the truth suddenly dawns on Janet that in order to save her own marriage from boredom she herself needs...
    • A Pot of Cyclamen

    • Life ; Philosophy
    • The author purchases a pot of bright flame-coloured flowers to help lessen the austerity of the grey London weather, and to remind him of his home country where the landscape seems eternally drenched in sunlight. This simple act affords him the...
    • Barometer falling

    • Interpersonal relations; Women
    • The author gives a bird’s eye view of life among a variety of people on a given day and concludes with the story of Connie whose dog had bitten her friend’s child. Every day Connie feared the child’s mother would confront her with a medical bill,...
    • Christmas Eve

    • Christmas stories; City and town life; Rural life; Interpersonal relations; loss
    • Christmas Eve is usually a time of food, laughter and good cheer, but for some like Connie, there is little cause to celebrate. In the country, she listens to her family’s chatter as they express their wishes for a better new year. Mass Jim talks...
    • Hot water

    • City and urban life; Interpersonal relations
    • A variety of scenes from city life: a vagrant arrested for loitering sentenced in court the next day; three mischievous boys playing on the beach; a man courting a somewhat reluctant nursemaid; an attempted blackmail that goes awry; a pregnant...
    • Start of something again

    • Man-woman relationship; Interpersonal relations; Hurricanes
    • Duckett and Silver meet regularly at their favourite restaurant to talk about art and politics as the city grows restless in the aftermath of a devastating hurricane. During this time, Silver is flirting dangerously with a married woman right...
    • Ed is coming home

    • Marriage; Man-woman relationship
    • Joie keeps her husband fully informed about their neighbour who has a husband in New York and is left in Jamaica to cope with two small children. Joie feels sorry for her, but Sam less so as he notices the regular visits to their neighbour of a man...
    • World's End

    • Death; Loss; Fathers and sons
    • The old man’s world seems to have come to an end with the death of his donkey, his only means of making a living. As he and his son inform the regular customers on his donkey cart route, a few show sympathy but most appear indifferent. Only when he...
    • An Old flame

    • Marriage
    • Janet puts all her efforts into helping her friend Linda revive her marriage which had become very routine and dull. As she tries to help Linda, the truth suddenly dawns on Janet that in order to save her own marriage from boredom she herself needs...
    • Lunch hour rush

    • Love stories
    • Milly is the best waitress in the restaurant and she is counting on this to help her to get a raise of pay so she and Phil can get married soon. However, her plan to confront her boss about the matter and give him an ultimatum, if he refuses, goes...
    • Man waiting for a train

    • Marriage ; Man-woman relationships
    • Richard waited impatiently for the arrival of the Montego Bay train which would bring his wife back again. He could not help wondering if their relationship, after years of marriage, had changed in any way during this period of separation from each...

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