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    • The sorry ostrich

    • Death ; Grief
    • Swallowed up with grief at the loss of his wife, Sam refuses to be consoled or to return to work, until Penny comes calling. He sees through the artificiality of her grief and how dissimilarity to his dear wife. This sudden knowledge helps him to...
    • The idea ... and one

    • Jamaica - Politics and government; Nationalism
    • In the context of the colonial system that governed Jamaica at the time, the author talks about the need for the represnetatives of the Crown’s to choose between the “bitch of success” and “Truth”. The former is usually chosen because the colonial...
    • 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...
    • 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,...
    • 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...
    • Storm Warning

    • Hurricanes
    • A hurricane is approaching and already the heavy rains are causing physical destruction and severe hardship for the people. For example, Silver has a terrible toothache and because of the storm he is unable to get to the dentist; Pinkie, desperate...
    • The Talisman

    • Love; Man-woman relationship
    • He decided that the wonderful almost mystical bonding between them as lovers had to be broken, and to him fell the unpleasant task. He felt that he had given his all to the affair while to her it was not serious but something she could set aside...
    • Thunderhead

    • City and town life
    • The author provides short insights into the lives of different people in the city at a time of social turbulence: Joie and Sam looks forward to Christmas together but tragedy intervenes; a seventeen year old boy furtively tries to seduce a girl...

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