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    • 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...
    • A Man can laugh

    • Boxing ; Love stories
    • Having just won the boxing match, Nick did not like listening to Spink, his manager, telling him that he would only be good for a few more fights because his legs were giving out. Nick’s uncertainty about the nature of the relationship between his...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • Coincidence or ducks

    • Witchcraft ; Obeah ; Ghost stories
    • Sam finally decides to shoot his neigbour’s troublesome ducks which won’t keep out of his yard, but his severe action incurs the wrath of their owner, Miss Harkness, who many believes can work obeah. Despite their doubts, due to the many strange...
    • Face

    • Children ; Interpersonal relations
    • The author recounts an experience he had travelling on a tram-car when a woman was offended because another passenger refuses to let her child sit next to her. The offended woman curses the other in no uncertain terms, while the mother and her...

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