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John Mortonson's Funeral

3.30  ·  Rating details ·  44 ratings  ·  7 reviews
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John Mortonson was dead: his lines in “the tragedy ‘Man’” had all been spoken and he had left the stage.

The body rested in a fine mahogany coffin fitted with a plate of glass.... At two o’clock of the afternoon the friends were to assemble to pay their last tribute of respect to one who had no further need of friends and respect....
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Published July 1st 2008 by
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Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
After reading this, you won't look at cats the same way again.
Tammy Schoen
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent example of situational irony.....

This would make a great pairing with "The Story of an Hour." I loved this story. The elevated language throughout made the ending all the more hilarious/ridiculous.

Read this one!
Nov 17, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-story
An actor has died and everyone is playing their assigned roles at his funeral; all except for one that is. This is not a tale of horror, it is a humorous tale. Audible edition narrated by Anthony Heald.
Marina Popkewitz
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh, man. That plot twitst! Great reading for October.
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Aug 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Didn't found it haunting at all when the cat leapt out from the coffin.
Benjamin Stahl
Dec 03, 2015 rated it liked it
During a man's funeral, the bereaved widow notices something inside her husband's coffin that frightens her. This story is very short and while the ending is pretty funny, I was still expecting that Bierce might have come up with something a little more scary.
Dec 16, 2015 rated it did not like it
Everything seems to be going as planned at the sad occasion of John Mortonson's funeral, until, of course, it doesn't.

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Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce (1842-1914) was an American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist and satirist. Today, he is best known for his short story, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge and his satirical lexicon, The Devil's Dictionary.

The sardonic view of human nature that informed his work – along with his vehemence as a critic, with his motto "nothing matters" – earned him the ni

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