Thursday, June 17, 2010

"Impulse." Conrad Aiken.

Review: In fun, over his weekly card game and a few drinks, Michael’s friends tell about the impulse to steal something from a store. Michael offers to do it. Just for fun. On a bet.

He’s caught and his life is ruined. Everyone turns on him. His wife files for divorce. His friends will not vouch for the bet, fearing the publicity will cost them their jobs. He is left thinking of the little things that had happened to him as a child when life had been cheerful and bright.

Short Story Masterpieces. Ed. RP Warren and A Erskine. New York: Dell Books. 1954.

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