Thursday, August 28, 2008


It was a long time since Mrs. Sommers had been fitted with gloves. On rare occasions when she had bought a pair they were always "bargains," so cheap that it would have been preposterous and unreasonable to have expected them to be fitted to the hand.

Now she rested her elbow on the cushion of the glove counter, and a pretty, pleasant young creature, delicate and deft of touch, drew a long-wristed "kid" over Mrs. Sommers's hand. She smoothed it down over the wrist and buttoned it neatly, and both lost themselves for a second or two in admiring contemplation of the little symmetrical gloved hand. But there were other places where money might be spent.

There were books and magazines piled up in the window of a stall a few paces down the street. Mrs. Sommers bought two high-priced magazines such as she had been accustomed to read in the days when she had been accustomed to other pleasant things. She carried them without wrapping. As well as she could she lifted her skirts at the crossings. Her stockings and boots and well fitting gloves had worked marvels in her bearing - had given her a feeling of assurance, a sense of belonging to the well-dressed multitude.

She was very hungry. Another time she would have stilled the cravings for food until reaching her own home, where she would have brewed herself a cup of tea and taken a snack of anything that was available. But the impulse that was guiding her would not suffer her to entertain any such thought.


Renie Burghardt said...

Oh, I have been enjoying part 2, 3 and 4 today, Eve. What a neat story. Great job of writing it, Eve.

I hope you're not going to be affected by Gustav!

Take care!


Eve said...

I hope Gustav goes away too but there are three more out there that could become Hurricanes. Hanna is right behind Gustav. Funny too, because tomorrow is the third anniversary of Katrina. ew are all a little nervous here.

Renie, I didn't write this story. I wish I had. It is a short story by one of my favorite authors, Kate Chopin. You must have missed part one. : )

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