Thursday, December 10, 2009

"Fard." Aldous Huxley.

One-minute review: Comparison between a woman who thinks she is tragic (Madame) and one who really is (Sophie, the maid), but, of course, who doesn’t complain, though she is horribly overworked and is completely exhausted. Madame cannot stand to see the appearance of real tragedy (“The woman was a walking corpse”), so she commands Sophie to put rouge on her cheeks and gloss on her lips to mask the face of tragedy. But she does not remove the real cause of Sophie’s tragic exhaustion—she continues to work her—hard!

75 Short Masterpieces: Stories from the World’s Literature. Ed. Roger B. Goodman. New York: Bantam Books. 1961. These summaries do not do justice to the vividness of the stories. RayS.

1 comment:

  1. This story is quite jarring, but not nearly as jarring as the ending. Does anyone else feel like Huxley forgot to finish it?