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03 November 2008

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gailg

Oh, so that's what's going on in the first story. Now I get it. For a while I thought that maybe this was one of those Poe-like stories where people are partying while or after something horrible has happened and the girl was the truth-teller. But I like your take that he's simply a drunk being frightened by a young girl.

I have almost certainy read the whole collection. I recognized The Daemon Lover lover but not the first story. I think we're not supposed to know for certain whether the main character in The Daemon Lover is living in a sad fantasy or has truly been tormented by an awful man.

I've read ahead a bit and I think Jackson is creating a New York City world, era. As a general rule, I find New York City stories written and set in the forties through sixties dated and somewhat off-putting. Nineteenth century stories don't bother me. Pre-WWII stories don't bother me. I'm put off by these stories, but at the same time I'm beginning to feel that she's creating a specific world, whether or not it reflected the true world at that time.

Heidi

I don't seem to have the same emotional response, but we seem to have similar interpretations.

I wonder if it's because I haven't encountered Shirley Jackson before. At least I don't think I have. I've got my first post up. hehe I'm already a day behind.

Leila

It's funny, Gail, that you're seeing the world that she's creating, whereas I'm seeing the similarities between the people. The people in all of the stories I've read so far seem to be so concerned with not rocking the boat, not making a scene, not being impolite -- that they end up exactly where they don't want to be. But they go along with it rather than speaking up.

Heidi, I'm caught up now, but I missed yesterday -- so you're not alone!

tuliptoe

"The people in all of the stories I've read so far seem to be so concerned with not rocking the boat, not making a scene, not being impolite -- that they end up exactly where they don't want to be. But they go along with it rather than speaking up."

Exactly. Death by passivity. ugh.

I'm really enjoying these again. As an O.Henry, Roald Dahl loving kind of gal I find these stories right up my alley.

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