Sweet & Sour
story, but John wouldn’t listen; she needed his fear to survive, but the boy would never admit the
existence of a ghost. The ghost eventually escapes, but that something really strange happens: Lucy,
happy for John to have defeated the other ghost, revealed herself as a phantom too.
She told him the she loved him before disappearing. John was actually loved by a pretty girl.
When Aunt Betsy died, she left Buffy and Jack some valuables: Buffy had a Tiffany cups set, and
Jack a very old and valuable highboy, that is a big piece of furniture; the problem is, Buffy was
really fond of this highboy, and she confides to her sister-in-law, Janet, that she would really take
care of this piece of furniture, if she could possibly have it. Some time after, Buffy succeeds in
changing the cup set with the highboy, and she’s incredibly happy. But then something strange
Buffy always personifies her highboy, and speaks about it as a friend, more than as a piece of
furniture: she treats it like a treasure, and it becomes her only thought; at the same time, it seems to
become “spiteful” with Buffy’s husband, bobby, even if this seems ridiculous. The apex comes
when Bobby gets hurt by roughly closing a drawer: the same thing happened to Jack when he tried
to unlock one of its drawers: the whole family starts to see the highboy with suspect, and to
consider Buffy a little mad about this.
Almost a month later, the highboy seems again to rebel against a little child that tried to force a
drawer to open: Buffy got angry, and Janet, who was there, got shocked about her behaviour: she
decided then to help her finding something else to do, such as a member of the Historical Society.
Buffy is suddenly involved in her new charge, and seems to forget about the highboy, until, in
spring, she phoned her sister-in-law, telling that a critic saw the piece of furniture and told that a
museum would be the best for it, and Buffy keeps on saying that she’s worried about him wanting
to go in a museum, getting rid of her.
Janet obviously tried to convince Buffy that it was just a joke of her imagination, but she didn’t
succeed; the owner of the highboy went a lawyer to change her will, leaving the highboy to her
husband’s nephew, if she had died of accidental causes, or to a museum, if she had died naturally.
But mysteriously, some time after “hearing” that Buffy’s nephew was going to sell the piece of
furniture to a museum, this fell over its owner and killed her. The highboy’s now in a museum and
even the rationalist Janet thinks now of an evil spell on it.
A Glowing Future
This story begins in medias res, with Maurice and Betsy on their way to a quarrel, because Maurice
has just got back from Australia, where he stayed for a year, leaving his lover Betsy in London; the
problem is, that the man has known Patricia in Australia, so he’s leaving his house in London, and
he’s about to pack up his goods. Betsy is angry, because the day before they made love for the first
time after a year, and only the day after he told her about his new story.
At eleven, Maurice leaves to go and drink something, while Betsy stays at home and thinks about
vengeance: she writes a letter to Patricia telling her how unfaithful her lover is; she then hides the
letter in a ginger jar.
The following day, Maurice starts packing up, and Betsy didn’t help him: she was too angry, so
angry that the same night she left him outside at night.
The next night then, while Maurice was sleeping on the couch, Betsy arrived and tried her sexual
best to try to convince the man to stay with her: but he refused her contact, and threw her down
from the sofa, hurting her in the head.
The next morning Maurice was ready to leave, but he wanted to write a note to Patricia; he found
the letter by Betsy and replaced it with his note; at this time Betsy blew up and began hitting his ex-
lover in the head with a lamp…
She then sent a trunk filled with a three-month dead body and a note: “All this is for you, darling
Patricia, for ever and ever.”
Three Is A Lucky Number
At the very beginning of the story, the main character is presented like an almost professional killer,
because he had two wives already in his past and they both were killed (by himself) and he took
their money; he has therefore a new identity, and he's called Ronald Frederick Torbay, fresh
husband of Edyth. They lived in a villa, and Ronal was a bit afraid of her wife to have contacts with
the neighbours, because she was meant to be killed very soon, even if he liked her most than the
other two women he married before. He succeeded in marrying Edyth very soon and almost with
not much effort, as she was not so good looking... but she looked like rich, and that was enough for
Ronald; the only problem with his wife was that she used to hide all his personal papers, and she
kept on changing the subject when talking about money; she was also very interested in her
husband's work, which was fictional, because he didn't really have one, so he decided to act.
One day he was carefully preparing her a bath, and he hid a heater into the water, in order to kill her
by electrical shock. When her wife came, he left her alone in the bathroom and, after a silent while,
he went to search her wife's envelops and possessions.
He managed to get through and he was shocked as he discovered that her wife took al the money
away from her bank account! He found then a letter, in which was written the solution to this
mystery. She had understood all! In fact, her neighbours showed her some articles and papers about
a man that killed his wives in the bathroom, and she almost recognised her husband in the photos,
so she took some precautions. In fact the neighbours were really police officers, and he realised that
eh was fallen in a trap.
The story begins in a park, where the main character Bertie meets a girl friend of his, Ella, who
thanks him for the present he gave her, but complains because she was unable to write him, because
it is well-known that, even if he's 20 years old, his mother always opens all his letters; he tried to
tell her to stop it, but neither he or his sisters ever succeeded.
He is used of being the subject of such jokes, even a friend of his, Clovis, the next day at the
swimming pool, makes fun of him.
A couple of days later, a letter for Bertie arrived at his house but, as he was not at home, his mother
intercepted and read it: some mysterious words were written in the there: voices about nerves and
jewels... and signature: Clotilde. Who was then the girl trying to hire up his son for something
Bertie, when he arrived at home, didn't answer: he grabbed some food and closed himself up in his
bedroom. He would never give an explanation, even at the arrival of a second letter by Clotilde, in
which she congratulated with Bertie for the perfect murder of Dagmar, which looks like a real
suicide, and telling him not to touch the jewels.
Hr mother shouted at his door repeatedly, until a third letter came: in this letter the joke's explained;
Clotilde was a fictional name created by Clovis, Bertie's friend, and the letters were just a sort of
trap for the way-too-curious mother, who had to promise she'll never read the family's
correspondence any more.
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I contenuti di questa pagina costituiscono rielaborazioni personali del Publisher valeria0186 di informazioni apprese con la frequenza delle lezioni di Lingua inglese e studio autonomo di eventuali libri di riferimento in preparazione dell'esame finale o della tesi. Non devono intendersi come materiale ufficiale dell'università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore - Milano Unicatt o del prof Reggiani Enrico.
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