Complete [SOLO] The Charwoman's Daughter, by James Stephens-ag

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Post by jennlea » March 22nd, 2020, 3:24 am

As a new mom, I can't imagine having to wrangle all those children. Though I did get a kick out of all his descriptions!

Section 10 Note:

-There is ~5 seconds at the beginning of the file.
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Post by msfry » March 22nd, 2020, 8:49 am

Intro shortened. Thanks. :D
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Post by msfry » March 23rd, 2020, 7:10 am

Section 11 is uploaded. 17:02
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Post by jennlea » March 23rd, 2020, 7:26 pm

Section 11 is PL-OK!

I am so glad my husband does not act that way in the morning!
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Post by msfry » March 23rd, 2020, 7:41 pm

jennlea wrote:
March 23rd, 2020, 7:26 pm
Section 11 is PL-OK!

I am so glad my husband does not act that way in the morning!
Indeed! Makes you wonder about Stephen's life experiences as a man/husband, or is he just depicting the typical "poverty mindset". Also the mindset of lady shoppers who thinks the grocer is their enemy. I am forever grateful to my grocery stores/gas stations/pharmacies/hardware stores. Life without them would be utterly miserable. :9:
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Post by msfry » March 25th, 2020, 7:50 am

Section 12 is uploaded. 15:29

Mmmmmmmm. You may be right, missy, about that policeman!
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Post by jennlea » March 25th, 2020, 7:53 pm

Section 12 is PL-OK!

I had a feeling about that police officer!!
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Post by msfry » March 28th, 2020, 7:25 am

13 is uploaded. 21:25

Interesting take on the poor man's plight, that he can't migrate like birds do, nor save nuts like squirrels do, nor hibernate through the lean times like bears do. Hmmm. My Dad moved us around following the job opportunities, like most men did in his day. I was born a Yankee, to a Parisian mother, and we all wound up living in Louisiana where my Dad bought a tug boat company. When that got too tough, at age 55, Dad sold business and house and migrated with Mom to Florida to become a realtor. Go figure. People been migrating for centuries, and "saving for a rainy day" was something Dad preached to us all the time. Now I preach it to my grandson (a senior at LSU), whom I'm proud to say has a little to fall back on during this pandemic. :thumbs:
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Post by jennlea » March 30th, 2020, 4:35 am

Section 13 is PL-OK!

I agree, his descriptions on being poor was interesting. My grandparents also believed in "saving for a rainy day" and believed in paying cash for everything. They eventually settled in Biloxi but were originally from West Virginia. Thankfully both my husband and I are able to work from home during this pandemic but if for some reason we wouldn't be able to, then we do have a little saved. However, all this makes me think about saving even more for the future!
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Post by msfry » March 31st, 2020, 12:17 pm

Section 14 is uploaded. Here's the upshot:

Some life forces simply cannot be denied! :help:

Now we get the lowdown on our police-man! Stephens' description, let us hope is not, but I suspect is true of way too many possessive men, born and raised to view themselves as superior to all other beings, except maybe God himself. :twisted:

Nice bit about pride in country, too!

And say, what happens to young men if they don't get enough to eat? :hmm: There is so much I don't know. :hmm:
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Post by jennlea » April 1st, 2020, 2:37 am

msfry wrote:
March 31st, 2020, 12:17 pm
Section 14 is uploaded. Here's the upshot:

Some life forces simply cannot be denied! :help:

Now we get the lowdown on our police-man! Stephens' description, let us hope is not, but I suspect is true of way too many possessive men, born and raised to view themselves as superior to all other beings, except maybe God himself. :twisted:

Nice bit about pride in country, too!

And say, what happens to young men if they don't get enough to eat? :hmm: There is so much I don't know. :hmm:
Section 14 is PL-OK!

I have a feeling Stephens' description is true of many possessive men, and you said it perfectly that they are "born and raised to view themselves as superior to all other beings". Sad really :(
I had a feeling about that policeman from the beginning and I'm glad we are finally seeing his true character!
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Post by msfry » April 7th, 2020, 1:29 pm

Section 15 is uploaded. It's a real fun, well written chapter, and the police-man gets his come-uppance! :thumbs: 23:41
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Post by jennlea » April 8th, 2020, 6:19 pm

Section 15 is PL-OK!

I really enjoyed this chapter, probably because the police officer got flat out rejected! And I would reject any man who tattled on me to my mother and told her everything I had said to him in private. That is a man who cannot be trusted.

Looking forward to the last section!
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Post by msfry » April 8th, 2020, 8:53 pm

jennlea wrote:
April 8th, 2020, 6:19 pm
Section 15 is PL-OK!

I really enjoyed this chapter, probably because the police officer got flat out rejected! And I would reject any man who tattled on me to my mother and told her everything I had said to him in private. That is a man who cannot be trusted.

Looking forward to the last section!
Let's play my favorite literary game--I'm the AUTHOR. How will I end this story?. Could be several scenarios. She marries the policeman. Marries the clerk. Founds a fashion empire. Ends up a down and out charwoman like her momma, philosophizing on how greedy her landlord and grocer are. Winds up as a wench in a bar. Drowns herself among the eels. That long lost brother, or Prince Charming, shows up on the doorstep and saves everyone. Come on, school teacher. Play. No peeking ahead. :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Post by jennlea » April 9th, 2020, 2:50 am

msfry wrote:
April 8th, 2020, 8:53 pm
Let's play my favorite literary game--I'm the AUTHOR. How will I end this story?.
Fun! Of course I'll play!

If I was the author I would end this story with Mary realizing the inner strength it took to stand up for herself and say she did not want to marry the Policeman. This new found maturity would also allow her to realize she was not tied to the life her mother lives, that she does not need to follow suit and become a charwoman. Instead she may forge her own destiny and uses her seamstress skills to do so. I would like to think a romance develops between her and the clerk and he treats her sweetly and gently. I want Mary to have the full package of becoming a strong woman and having romance. But perhaps that is too idealistic of me. I'm anxious to see how the real author chose to end Mary's story.
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