300 short stories: story 297

story: “Homage for Isaac Babel”

author: Doris Lessing

year: 1958

where: Al Reem

note: This story has such a curious premise and there is virtually no backstory for the characters or their relationships to one another, which makes me think of Hemingway, of course.

a line:  “Philip rescued her by saying with disdain: ‘Some people don’t know right from wrong even when it’s demonstrated to them.’”

theme(s): Simplicity, maturity

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