The Bazaar and Other Stories

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I Died of Love

Miss Mettishaw always used to tell us how she used to have an establishment of her own. She had a toneless voice she could somehow pitch above the stutter of the sewing-machine; and you had to pitch your hearing to go to meet it. Only pins in her mouth stopped her talking quite. She had to talk to anyone in the room; we only knew she did not talk to the room because as we opened the door she would newly open her mouth.1 She was a dutiful sewing-woman, never idle; her eye would wander over the work in progress even when she was stopping to drink tea: holding the cup in her right hand, absently, inexpertly (as though she denied

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Table of contents

  • Title Page ii
  • Contents iv
  • Acknowledgements vi
  • Introduction 1
  • Uncollected Short Stories 27
  • Salon Des Dames 29
  • Moses 35
  • “Just Imagine…” 39
  • The Pink Biscuit 53
  • Flavia 66
  • She Gave Him 77
  • Brigands 83
  • The Unromantic Princess 99
  • Comfort and Joy 111
  • The Good Earl 120
  • The Lost Hope 135
  • I Died of Love 143
  • So Much Depends 152
  • Emergency in the Gothic Wing 171
  • The Claimant 183
  • Candles in the Window 193
  • Happiness 204
  • Unpublished and Unfinished Short Stories 215
  • The Bazaar 217
  • Miss Jolley Has No Plans for the Future 227
  • The Man and the Boy 232
  • Story Scene 239
  • Flowers Will Do 247
  • The Last Bus 267
  • Fairies at the Christening 274
  • Christmas Games 292
  • Home for Christmas 309
  • Ghost Story 320
  • Women in Love 330
  • Notes 350
  • Works Cited 376
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