Friday, September 18, 2009

"The Chaser." John Collier.

One-minute review: Alan Austen seeks a love potion to cause the girl of his dreams, who is presently completely indifferent to his advances, to want him passionately, completely. The love potion is extraordinarily inexpensive—one dollar. The “salesman” suggests that after the love potion has taken hold, she will become possessive, and, after many years, Alan will be willing to pay big bucks--$5,000 for a teaspoonful—of the salesman’s “glove cleaner.” Alan delightedly takes his love potion and the salesman bids him “au revoir,” meaning, “I will see you again.”

Comment: This story appeared on Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone. Very effective. RayS.

Literature: An Introduction to Reading and Writing. Eds. Edgar V. Roberts and Henry E. Jacobs. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 1989.

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