Monday, November 2, 2009

"Daughter." Erskine Caldwell.

One-minute review: Because she has nothing to eat and is constantly complaining of it, Jim shoots his daughter (for mercy’s sake, I guess). Seems the owner of his land, Colonel Maxwell, has taken all of Jim’s share of the profits for the death of a mule Jim had nothing to do with. Jim, of course is thrown into jail. The people release Jim from jail as the sheriff conveniently disappears.

Comment: Another case of “justice” being unjust. “Pry that jail door open and let Jim out,” somebody said. “It ain’t right for him to be in there.”

75 Short Masterpieces: Stories from the World’s Literature. Ed. Roger B. Goodman. New York: Bantam Books. 1961.

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