author: Margaret Atwood (pre-The Handmaid’s Tale)
where: london, black coffee
note: this story is featured in the phenomenal collection, Bluebeard’s Egg. It also has an intriguing POV swap near the end.
a line: “Tonight, she feels dingy, old. Soon she will start getting into the firming cream; she will start worrying about her eyelids. Beginning again is supposed to be exciting, a challenge. Beginning again is fine as an idea, but what with? She’d used it all up; she’s used up.”
story: The Burglar’s Christmas
author: Willa Cather (published under the nom de plume Elizabeth L. Seymour)
where: philadelphia, living room on Christmas night
note: new year, new goal…200 short stories for 2018! The first story for the new year.
a line: “O, my poor boy, much or little, what does it matter? Have you wandered so far and paid such a bitter price for knowledge and not yet learned that love has nothing to do with pardon or forgiveness, that it only loves, and loves—and loves? They have not taught you well, the women of your world.”