300 short stories:: story 206

story: “Dramas”

author: Edna O’Brien

year: 1989

where: mio ufficio

note: from the Paris Review

a line: “When the new shopkeeper arrived in the village he aroused great curiosity along with some scorn. He was deemed refined because his fingernails looked as if they had been varnished a tinted ivory. “

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300 short stories:: story 199

story: “Ulrikke”

author: Jorge Luis Borges

year: 1975

where: home on the range

note: I like chance meetings.

a line: “The pronouncement was an attempt at wit, and I sensed this wasn’t the first time she’d voiced it. I later learned that it was not like her—but what we say is not always like us.”