Monday, January 4, 2010

"The Wife." Washington Irving.

One-minute review: A beautiful little romantic idyll. Behind every happy man, there stands a loving, super-strong little wife who will sink or swim with him and who will bear with him whatever great troubles he might have. A husband makes some bad speculations and is plunged into poverty. His friend urges him to tell his wife so she can support him, but he is afraid to. When, at last, he does tell her, she is transformed into a ravishing beauty who helps keep their newly purchased humble cottage like a castle, and sharing strawberries and cream in the back yard.

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.

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