Story of a large man who works for a racoon relocation business. He is ridiculed by his co-workers for his size and begins to feel very sorry for hims...moreStory of a large man who works for a racoon relocation business. He is ridiculed by his co-workers for his size and begins to feel very sorry for himself. He ends up killing his sadistic boss and attempting to get away with it.
Story of a man who creates holograms for viewing. To make money in desperation he discovers that he can take away certain memories from people and place them in the hologram. He uses the money to care for a lady named Mrs. Schwartz who is bed ridden. He starts by taking some of her bad memories away and selling them. The story ends with him offloading his entire life onto the hologram so that he can not remember any of his old crappy life. Incredibly sad.
Ending note he leaves himself "Find someone to love. Your heart has never been broken. You've never done anything unforgivable or hurt anyone beyond reparation. Everyone you've ever loved you've treated like gold"
the story of a deformed young man, Cole, who is enslaved at a medieval theme park called Bountyland. Bountyland hearkens back to the golden age of humanity (get it, the dark ages?) in a world that has been poisoned through and through. The massive contamination of the environment by man-made chemicals and waste has caused some of the population to spontaneously mutate. Individuals with mutations are called Flaweds, and subject to slavery because of an edict issued by the government. Cole has claws on his feet, like a bird's, but is lucky enough to work at Bountyland with his sister, Connie. Connie is bought out of Bountyland by a rich Normal who wants to marry her, and then Cole hears that her future husband is notorious for selling his wives into slavery when he tires of them. Cole sets out across the country to track down Connie and prevent her sale. Along the way he runs into a myriad of tribulations. He is bought and sold a few times, forced into work and prostitution, beaten, and eventually finds his sister. In fact, the man she married has been very nice to her, and allows Cole to work on his ranch. After a short time things are well, but nothing has really changed in the country. Eventually, Cole decides to make a difference, and the story ends with him entering the hideout of a Flawed resistance organization, telling them he is there to help. At that point, things look a little brighter for the rest of the enslaved masses.
A story about a mentally challenged girl and the boy who gives up his metaphorical life for her happiness.
Story of a man who runs the wave pool at an amusement part who accidentally kills a boy with the waves. The event traumatizes the man so much that his whole life falls apart, his wife cheats on him and he gets demoted. The story ends on a high note with him deciding that this is as far as he will sink in despair and that this will be as bad as it gets.(less)
"The Vane Sisters" is the penultimate short story by Vladimir Nabokov, written in March 1951.[1:] It is famous for providing one of the most extreme e...more"The Vane Sisters" is the penultimate short story by Vladimir Nabokov, written in March 1951.[1:] It is famous for providing one of the most extreme examples of an unreliable narrator. The short story revolves around two professors, of which one is the narrator, and their respective affairs with two students, the Vane sisters, for whom the story is titled. The narrator recounts his experiences with the two sisters, and ultimately meditates upon the possibility of intervention by ghosts into his reality.
Interesting twist at the end, and fantastic play with words(less)
The Wood-Sprite is a tale in whose mere three pages Nabokov concentrates the essence of heartache and playfulness that distinguishes the best of his w...moreThe Wood-Sprite is a tale in whose mere three pages Nabokov concentrates the essence of heartache and playfulness that distinguishes the best of his work. A Russian writer who has fled the terrors of his revolutionary homeland imagines a visit from a forest elf ("hunched, gray, powdered with pollen") who explains why he too had to leave the new Soviet state: "Once, toward evening, I skipped out into a glade, and what do I see? People lying around, some on their backs, some on their bellies. Well, I think, I'll wake them up, I'll get them moving! And I went to work shaking boughs, bombarding with cones, rustling, hooting...Then I took a closer look, and I was horror-struck. Here's a man with his head hanging by one flimsy crimson thread, there's one with a heap of thick worms for stomach...I could not endure it. I let out a howl, jumped in the air, and off I ran."
A story about Russian Emigrants in Germany who capture a former Bolshevik Guard and keep him locked up in their bathroom, both a comical and deeply di...moreA story about Russian Emigrants in Germany who capture a former Bolshevik Guard and keep him locked up in their bathroom, both a comical and deeply disturbing insight into the Russians who were forced to flee their country after the revolution.(less)
A young man enjoying a quiet love affair with a married woman suddenly realizes that "[she:] alone is not my lover but the entire earth," and experien...moreA young man enjoying a quiet love affair with a married woman suddenly realizes that "[she:] alone is not my lover but the entire earth," and experiences an intense and subtly erotic understanding of his metaphysical connection with everything that lives -- all the while retaining his piquant sense of self. In such a state, even a friend's grief becomes a source of delight -- "I was radiant with his tears" -- because it is "happy as any moment or radiance is happy." Oblivious to this, his mistress tells him that she wants to run away with him. He responds with trivial talk about her cigarette case, and she realizes that he has said no. He rides off on his bike, still enrapt in his new vision, imagining that she will write to him and that he will not answer. (less)
A Russian émigré, Aleksey Luzhin is working as a dining car attendant on the Berlin-Paris express. In a state of terminal despair, he dreams of a lost...moreA Russian émigré, Aleksey Luzhin is working as a dining car attendant on the Berlin-Paris express. In a state of terminal despair, he dreams of a lost St. Petersburg and a lost wife Lena. He has become a cocaine addict, and he plans to commit suicide by putting his head between the buffers of two coupling carriages.
Unknown to him, his wife gets on the train to join him in Paris and meets an elderly princess who is a family friend of her husband. Luzhin just fails to put out the dining car reservation slips (and thus recognise his wife’s name), and he cannot remember who the princess is when he sees her. His wife just fails to enter the dining car and loses her wedding ring instead. When the dining car is disconnected for cleaning Luzhin just fails to discover the ring, descends from the carriage to commit his fatal act, and is run down instead by a passing express.(less)
The story of a man at a ski resort who decides he has nothing to live for and will kill himself. The story takes a strange twist and he has to save a...moreThe story of a man at a ski resort who decides he has nothing to live for and will kill himself. The story takes a strange twist and he has to save a woman from an angel. Strange and disturbing but very engrossing. (less)
Story about a future where civilwarland is like disney land. They end up hiring an ex vietnam vet to deal with the gang problems they are having and h...moreStory about a future where civilwarland is like disney land. They end up hiring an ex vietnam vet to deal with the gang problems they are having and he ends up killing gang members, but soon turns to killing the innocent and finally killing the protagonist (less)
This story centers around Mary who is an elderly woman who works for a theme park. Her boss treats her terribly and to get back at him she sabotages h...moreThis story centers around Mary who is an elderly woman who works for a theme park. Her boss treats her terribly and to get back at him she sabotages his main goal, which is to create a cow with a glass window so you can see its insides. In the end she is caught(less)
The story takes place at a train station in the Ebro River valley of Spain. The year is not given, but is almost certainly contemporary to the composi...moreThe story takes place at a train station in the Ebro River valley of Spain. The year is not given, but is almost certainly contemporary to the composition (1920s). This particular day is oppressively hot and dry, and the scenery in the valley is barren and ugly for the most part. The two main characters are a man (referred to only as "the American") and his female companion, whom he calls Jig.
While waiting for the train to Madrid, the American and Jig drink beer and a liquor called Anís del Toro, which Jig compares to licorice, showing how young she really is[citation needed:]. Their conversation is mundane at first, but quickly drifts to the subject of an operation which the American is attempting to convince Jig to undergo. Though it is never made explicit in the text, it is made clear (through phrases of dialogue such as "It's just to let the air in" and "But I don't want anybody but you," among numerous context clues) that Jig is pregnant and that the procedure in question is an abortion.
After posing arguments to which the American is largely unresponsive, Jig eventually assents to the operation, giving the final justification: "I don't care about me." She attempts to drop the subject, but the American persists as if still unsure of Jig's intentions and mental state. As the train approaches, it is important to note that he carries their bags to the opposing platform and has a drink alone before rejoining Jig. She smiles at him, assures him that she is "fine," and the story ends.
Jig's reference to white elephants could be in reply to the baby. The American could see the baby as a white elephant and not want to raise it because of the cost, while Jig could see the child as an extraordinary addition to her mundane life of drinking and mindless traveling(less)
The unnamed protagonist in "Araby" is a boy who is just starting to come into his sexual identity. Through his first-person narration, we are immersed...moreThe unnamed protagonist in "Araby" is a boy who is just starting to come into his sexual identity. Through his first-person narration, we are immersed at the start of the story in the drab life that people live on North Richmond Street, which seems to be illuminated only by the verve and imagination of the children who, despite the growing darkness that comes during the winter months, insist on playing "until [their:] bodies glowed." Even though the conditions of this neighbourhood leave much to be desired, the children’s play is infused with their almost magical way of perceiving the world, which the narrator dutifully conveys to the reader: “ Our shouts echoed in the silent street. The career of our play brought us through the dark muddy lanes behind the houses where we ran the gauntlet of the rough tribes from the cottages, to the back doors of the dark dripping gardens where odours arose from the ashpits, to the dark odorous stables where a coachman smoothed and combed the horse or shook music from the buckled harness. ”
But though these boys "career" around the neighbourhood in a very childlike way, they are also aware of and interested in the adult world, as represented by their spying on the narrator’s uncle as he comes home from work and, more importantly, on Mangan’s sister, whose dress “swung as she moved” and whose “soft rope of hair tossed from side to side.” These boys are on the brink of sexual awareness and, awed by the mystery of the opposite sex, are hungry for knowledge.
On one rainy evening, the boy secludes himself in a soundless, dark drawing-room and gives his feelings for her full release: "I pressed the palms of my hands together until they trembled, murmuring: O love! O love! many times." This scene is the culmination of the narrator’s increasingly romantic idealization of Mangan’s sister. By the time he actually speaks to her, he has built up such an unrealistic idea of her that he can barely put sentences together: “When she addressed the first words to me I was so confused that I did not know what to answer. She asked me if I was going to Araby. I forget whether I answered yes or no.” But the narrator recovers splendidly: when Mangan’s sister dolefully states that she will not be able to go to Araby, he gallantly offers to bring something back for her.
The narrator now cannot wait to go to the Araby bazaar and procure for his beloved some grand gift that will endear him to her. And though his aunt frets, hoping that it is not “some Freemason affair,” and though his uncle, perhaps intoxicated, perhaps stingy, arrives so late from work and equivocates so much that he almost keeps the narrator from being able to go, the intrepid narrator heads out of the house, tightly clenching a florin, in spite of the late hour, toward the bazaar.
But the Araby market turns out not to be the most fantastic place he had hoped it would be. It is late; most of the stalls are closed. The only sound is "the fall of coins" as men count their money. Worst of all, however, is the vision of sexuality -- of his future -- that he receives when he stops at one of the few remaining open stalls. The young woman minding the stall is engaged in a conversation with two young men. Though he is potentially a customer, she only grudgingly and briefly waits on him before returning to her frivolous conversation. His idealized vision of Araby is destroyed, along with his idealized vision of Mangan’s sister: and of love. With shame and anger rising within him, he exits the bazaar.(less)
It includes six stories in one, each ending with death. The author believes that this is the only sure ending to anything. The stories are all inter-r...moreIt includes six stories in one, each ending with death. The author believes that this is the only sure ending to anything. The stories are all inter-related, containing the same characters and similar actions. Behind the obvious meaning of these seemingly pointless stories lies a deeper and more profound meaning.(less)
"A Rose for Emily" is a five-part short story narrated by the townspeople of Jefferson, Mississippi, in the first-person plural perspective ("we"). Th...more"A Rose for Emily" is a five-part short story narrated by the townspeople of Jefferson, Mississippi, in the first-person plural perspective ("we"). The first section opens with a description of the Grierson house in Jefferson. The narrator mentions that over the years, Miss Emily Grierson's home has fallen into disrepair and become "an eyesore among eyesores." The first sentence of the story sets the tone of how the citizens of Jefferson felt about Emily: "When Miss Emily Grierson died, our whole town went to the funeral: the men through a sort of respectful affection for a fallen monument, the women mostly out of curiosity to see the inside of her house, which no one save an old manservant – a combined gardener and cook – had seen in at least ten years."
The narrator notes that on that date an engineer, Homer Barron, is seen in Jefferson with a crew of men to build sidewalks. After Emily and Homer are seen driving through town several times, Emily visits a druggist. There, she asks to purchase arsenic. The druggist asks what the arsenic is for since it was required of him to ask by law. Emily does not respond and coldly stares him down until he looks away and leaves the room. A Negro delivery boy returns and gives her the arsenic. When Emily opens the package, underneath the skull and bones sign is written, "For Rats." Citizens of Jefferson believe that Miss Emily is going to commit suicide since Homer has not yet proposed in the beginning of section four.Homer also states in the beginning of section four that he likes men and was not a marrying man. Homer was also known to go drinking with the younger men at the Elk's Club but then would go for Sunday drives with Emily with her none the wiser. The townspeople contact and invite Emily's two cousins to comfort her. Shortly after their arrival, Homer leaves and then returns after the cousins leave Jefferson. Upon his return, Homer is last seen entering Emily's home and then never seen again. After Homer’s disappearance, Emily begins to age, gain weight, and is rarely seen outside of her home. Eventually, Miss Emily passes away.
The fifth and final section begins with Jefferson women entering the Grierson home. After they arrive, Emily's black servant leaves through the back door without saying a word. After Emily's funeral, the townspeople immediately go through her house. They come across a room on the second floor which no one had seen in 40 years, and break the door down. They discover a dusty room strangely decorated as a bridal room. The room contains a man's tie, suit and shoes, and a silver toilet set which Miss Emily had purchased for Homer before his disappearance. Homer's remains lie on the bed, dressed in a nightshirt. Next to him is an impression of a head on a pillow where the townspeople find a single “long strand of iron-gray hair.” It is thus implied that Emily had killed Homer and had lain in the bed with his corpse up to her own death.(less)
An elderly couple tries to visit their deranged son in a sanatorium on his birthday. They are informed that he attempted to take his life and they can...moreAn elderly couple tries to visit their deranged son in a sanatorium on his birthday. They are informed that he attempted to take his life and they cannot see him now. After their return home, the husband announces his decision to take him out of the sanatorium. The story concludes with mysterious telephone calls. The first two apparently misdialed calls are from a girl asking for "Charlie"; the story ends when the phone rings for the third time.
In the course of the story the reader learns many details of the couple's life: the unnamed couple is likely to be Jewish; had come from Russia; live probably in New York, depend financially upon the husband's brother, Isaac; had a German maid when they lived in exile in Germany; had an aunt, Rosa, who perished in the holocaust; and have a nephew who is a famous chess player. The elderly man feels that he is dying.
The son is unnamed, suicidal, and suffering from "referential mania", where "the patient imagines that everything happening around him is a veiled reference to his personality and existence". "Everything is a cipher and of everything he is the theme". Real people are excluded from this paranoia, and the condition is worse the further he is away from familiar surroundings. The son's condition is based on a real condition—compare ideas of reference.(less)