One-minute review: A woman has sought out a withered old crone, a witch, to learn what has happened to her family, her parents, her husband and her child whom she has deserted. The crone conjures up the sounds and conveys images of the family, crushed by the desertion of their daughter and wife and mother. The sounds of the casket containing her child passes, with the mourners decrying the faithlessness of the mother. The woman is lifeless on her knees. The crone, a representative of the devil, chuckles and says, “Here has been a sweet hour’s sport.”
Comment: A mood piece.
75 Short Masterpieces: Stories from the World’s Literature. Ed. Roger B. Goodman.