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Category Archive for 'Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger'

Big Girl

The title of this story gives me the impression that it was going to be a struggle of an overweight woman with the social pressure to be thin. Once I started to see that this story was apart of an interview over some crime and there was more plot to it than just a fight […]

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Big Girl

I was getting frustrated with the beginning of this story. We have been focusing on place and the main character wasn’t giving us any setting. She was just giving us voice and we didn’t even know her that well. I might have ranted for a little bit. And then I kept reading. It turns out […]

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Big Girl

Thinking about this story after I finished it, I got the impression that the narrator snapped after realizing that Billy was cheating on her. But that didn’t seem quite right. She gained mental clarity, and not until after her employers confronted her (however nonconfrontationally) about her embezzling. In that light, the last lines make sense, and […]

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Big Girl

When I first started reading this story I thought the voice sounded like a child’s. For the entire story I was just waiting for her to finally grow up. The desperation with which she dreams about Billy, and with which she tries to make her happy, reminded me of a kid trying to appease an […]

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I really liked this story because it seemed to be written out step-by-step. It was easy to see the characters doing what the author was describing and the imagery was well developed. I feel like the story would be used for a play or something because of the descriptions and how dead on each move […]

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I liked how throughout this whole story it sounded like it was being narrarated by a child. The voice fit the character. I could really get a feel for the full character of not only Jeffery, but also Dar. Jefferey just seems like the most adorable kid! He shows traits of being observant when he […]

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I really liked the parentheticals in this story that showed when Jeffrey used a word from his vocabulary book or a literary device. They, along with the physical description of Jeffrey, his thoughts about the counselor, and his mother’s conversation with her friend about Jeffrey’s special educational needs, create a strong image of an awkward little kid […]

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What I noticed most about this story was that even though Cheryl was always in places familiar to her (the town she grew up in, the beach house her family rented every year), she seemed lost. She had to deal with a lot, such as David leaving, her children, the relationship between her mother and […]

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The story of “Bob, A Dog” is an in-depth  character study of Cheryl.  The dog Sandy becomes a metaphor for Cheryl’s life.  When David, her husband, walks away from the family, Cheryl cannot move beyond this event.  There were many indications along the way that David would not survive the marriage with four children.  Cheryl acknowledges his limitations but is […]

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Reading Lee Smith’s “Bob, a Dog” was quite the experience in the first couple of pages into the story. “Quite the experience” meaning confusing. With Smith’s switching from Cheryl’s (the protagonist’s) memories and thought processes and back to present events, I found it difficult, initially, to keep up. Further into the story, I finally caught […]

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Here are the books we’re reading: Ron Rash, Burning Bright: Stories Suzanne Rivecca, Death Is Not an Option: Stories Lee Smith, Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger  

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