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    • The Inheritance

    • Death; Brothers
    • The elder brother knew he was dying but he had one score to settle first before departing this world. He and his brother had jointly inherited their father’s property but somehow this sharing between them had extended to his mistress who had also...
    • 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 reaping

    • Love stories
    • Lilian and Henry are madly in love but likely to ruin their relationship due to the folly of youth. It takes wise old Uncle Silas, drawing on his own experiences, to open their eyes to some of the realities of life and set them firmly on the right...
    • Arabian night in Soho

    • Soho (London, England) ; Nightlife
    • With a group of friends, the writer listens to one of them describe his exploits in Soho where he has been researching its picturesque nightlife. But the author has his own dreamlike memories of Soho which he is unwilling to share with others.
    • Dateline London

    • Immigrants - Great Britain ; London (England) - Social conditions
    • The author presents his own perception of London, a city of contrasts where he saw so many things he had only read about. Recently arrived from Jamaica, he found the British helpful and courteous, and his encounter with people of so many different...
    • Mother and son

    • Family life ; Mothers and sons
    • A mother feels burdened with a long awaited son who turns out to be an imbecile. She resents the toll of daily caring for him and his inability to mature, become responsible and behave normally. With her husband dead, she sees no way out and longs...
    • Blind man's buff

    • Love stories ; Man-woman relationships
    • Three young women set off for to catch water from the spring at Blind Man’s Hollow where very often there are mysterious sounds and happenings. The girls are not bothered by these things as they enjoy themselves with carefree abandon, especially...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • Night shudders over all

    • Man-woman relationship; Marriage; Infidelity
    • Night time seems to bring to fore all sorts of events and behavior as people reach out for life or try to make sense of it. The author presents some examples, including: the wife who suspects her artist husband of philandering with his latest...
    • 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...

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