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    • The main bout

    • Boxing
    • The narrator recalls a dream he had of a boxing match between Busta the Bruiser who can take a lot of punishment and still stay on his feet, and Wills who packs a good wallop and displays fast foot-work. Both men fought hard, determined to win, but...
    • Anything can Happen

    • Love stories ; City and town life
    • The bar serves as a meeting place for various people: a discontented wife who does not want to stay home with her child; a disgruntled lover, kept from his beloved by her brother; three dangerous looking men who later feature in a rape; and a...
    • Adventure

    • Family life ; Imagination
    • The children engage in wildly imaginative play where the boys hunt lions and buffaloes while the girl and her doll travel to the sea where she hears the lap of the waves and watch as the frail boat struggles to stay afloat against the elements....
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...

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