By V. S. Pritchett
V. S. Pritchett, one our best short-story writers, has selected 41 tales written within the English language for this quantity, generating a suite that effectively screens the wealth and diversity of an paintings that spans a few two hundred years. nice Britain, the US, and particularly ireland have positive traditions of short-story writing that experience built from the time of Sir Walter Scott and Nathaniel Hawthorne, whereas within the final century the paintings was once perfected via Ernest Hemingway, D. H. Lawrence, W. Somerset Maugham, John Updike, and V. S. Pritchett himself. The Irish contribution comprises such masters as James Joyce, Frank O'Connor, and Liam O'Flaherty, and tales through Canadian, Indian, New Zealand, and Australian writers exhibit the total variety of invention and talent in a style that keeps to flourish.
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Cannot you remove this little, little mark, which I cover with the tips of two small fingers? ' 'Noblest, dearest, tenderest wife,' cried Aylmer, rapturously, 'doubt not my power. I have already given this matter the deepest thought - thought which might almost have enlightened me to create a being less perfect than yourself. Georgiana, you have led me deeper than ever into the heart of science. I feel myself fully competent to render this dear cheek as faultless as its fellow; and then, most beloved, what will be my triumph when I shall have corrected what Nature left imperfect in her fairest work!
The guests demanded of each other. ' There is something in the tone of deep and concentrated passion, which attracts attention and imposes awe, even by the very sound. The guests shrank back on every side, and gazed at the Highlander 20 Sir Walter Scott as he stood in the middle of them, his brows bent, and his features rigid with resolution. 'I will stand up with all my heart, Robin, my boy, but it shall be to shake hands with you, and drink down all unkindness. ' But this time he stood opposite to his antagonist; his open and unsuspecting look strangely contrasted with the stern purpose, which gleamed wild, dark, and vindictive in the eyes of the Highlander.
Cried Georgiana, deeply hurt; at first reddening with momentary anger, but then bursting into tears. 'Then why did you take me from my mother's side? ' To explain this conversation it must be mentioned that in the centre of Georgiana's left cheek there was a singular mark, deeply interwoven, as it were, with the texture and substance of her face. In the usual state of her complexion — a healthy though delicate bloom — the mark wore a tint of deeper crimson, which imperfectly defined its shape amid the surrounding rosiness.
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