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"Here We Are" is a short story by American writer Dorothy Parker, first published in Cosmopolitan Magazine on March 31, 1931. The story, written almost entirely as dialogue, describes a tense scene between a newly-married couple traveling by train to New York City for the first night of their honeymoon. (from wikipedia)
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Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
The young man in the new blue suit finished arranging the glistening luggage in tight corners of the Pullman compartment. The train had leaped at curves and bounced along straightaways, rendering balance a praiseworthy achievement and a sporadic one; and the young man had pushed and hoisted and tucked and shifted the bags with concentrated care.
Nevertheless, eight minutes for the settling of two suitcases and a hat-box is a long time.
He sat down, leaning back against bristled green plush, in th
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Mar 25, 2018 rated it liked it
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It's a short story turned into an one-act play, really acute for its time!
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, short-story
I listened to an audio version of this 1931 short story well read by Liza Ross. After a brief introduction to set the scene, the story consists of mostly dialogue between a young couple on a train, just 3 hours into their marriage. They keep dancing around the topic of sex without ever actually talking about it. The wife seems nervous and therefore picking fights, while the husband tries to smooth things over in anticipation. They keep going round and round. An interesting snapshot of 1930s life ...more
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Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fun little play about a young newlywed couple at the turn of the 20th century. Tension is high, and emotions are unstable. Will these two consummate their marriage?
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Here we are…with a very good short tale. At first look, it may seem light, a tiny comic piece, but it is not. There is a rapid fire, an exchange between newlyweds, even if they call each other old couple; they had been married for hours only.
They pass from ecstasy to despair very fast, they’re young, I assume. After reading this joyful story I was thinking of John Gottman and his classic: Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work. The psychologist is so good at his s
I have just read 'A Telephone Call'. I think that most women will be able to relate to the situation of waiting for a phonecall from a boyfriend or date. This short story stretches out that moment for a couple of hours, providing a string of funny and silly monologues and daft prayers/conversations to God. This story really captures a woman's neurotic state during the first stages of dating and probably confirms what men already think of us!
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Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was the most terrifying short story I have ever read! Don't believe me? Look at the subtext, the evidence is there.
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May 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1930s, short-stories
Short story presented on Selected Shorts podcast about newly married couple on the train to NYC during the first few hours of their marriage -- alternating between arguing and making up.
This reading ("listening", really) also included "Just a Little One" and "The Waltz", both short stories by Dorothy Parker. I'd give the former 2.5 stars and the latter 3 stars.
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Dorothy Parker was an American writer, poet and critic best known for her caustic wit, wisecracks, and sharp eye for 20th century urban foibles. From a conflicted and unhappy childhood, Parker rose to acclaim, both for her literary output in such venues as The New Yorker and as a founding member of the Algonquin

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