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    • 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...
    • The miracle

    • Family relationships ; Man-woman relationships
    • Henry finally came around to accepting the hard labour in the field as his lot, although he had tried very hard to escape the rut. However, he felt guilty of having his wife, a former teacher who could have married better, sharing it with him all...
    • Brother

    • Interpersonal relationship ; Labour unions
    • The picket from the strike lines and the strike-breaker encounter each other on a dark night and the moment is ripe for a show down, especially since the said strike-breaker had actually taken the very same picket’s job. However, brotherly love and...
    • 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...
    • The China Pig

    • Marriage ; Adultery
    • Henry, though married, finds himself developing a growing passion for Crystal, his friend Paul’s wife. She obviously shares his feelings and he tries very hard to resist but his attempts prove futile until Paul brings matters to a head by talking...
    • Buried treasure

    • Deception ; Buried treasure ; Man-woman relationships
    • As far as Joshua is concerned, women are not very smart and he has no intention of spending his fortune on his wife who considers him mean and lazy. He denies these accusations along with her saying he is easy prey to any conman, until the stranger...
    • 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,...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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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