Short Story


SHORT STORIES

 

 

FRUITCAKE SPECIAL (4 practices)

 

PRACTICE 1

 

Read the extract from the short story “FRUITCAKE SPECIAL” below and answer the  questions that follow.

 

‘I dreamt that I was being awful to you, treating you as if you were just someone who worked for me. The truth is that you mean so much more than that to me …’I wondered what he meant. Was he going to raise my pay? He went on. ‘You must realise that I’m crazy about you, darling.’ He was calling me darling again. He was being serious. I have to say that at this point I was feeling very confused. Five minutes ago my boss didn’t want to be seen with me. Now he was saying he was crazy about me! What could be making him behave like this? Then, all at once, I realised it was the fruitcake special! Intrigue might smell great, but it didn’t make a girl attractive to men. But my fruitcake perfume did.

 

 

 

a.         What does the word ‘crazy’ imply?

 

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b.         Why was the writer confused?

 

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c.         What is “Intrigue’ in the context of the story?

 

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d.         Describe the behaviour of the writer’s boss and why he behaved in such a way.

 

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PRACTICE 2

 

Read the extract from the short story “FRUITCAKE SPECIAL” below and answer the  questions that follow.

 

 

Momma and Aunt Mini were very pleased, of course. They went off together to plan the wedding and left me to get ready for the man they hoped would be my future husband. I was beginning to wish I hadn’t told them. After all, I had no idea why my boss had behaved towards me in that way. He had never even noticed me before now. However, he had noticed the perfume I had been wearing. Lately I had been wearing a perfume called intrigue. It was made by another company and I actually preferred it to the perfumes we made. Mr. Amos did have a very good nose for perfumes. Perhaps Intrigue was so good he just couldn’t stop himself. Who knows? Anyway, I had to get ready for my evening out. Although I couldn’t explain why Mr. Amos had suddenly found me attractive, I really wanted to find out. In my own way I’m as bad as my Aunt Mimi, I guess.

 

 

 

a.         Whose wedding is being planned? Name the bride and groom to be.

 

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b.         Why did the writer say “wish I hadn’t told them”?

 

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c.         Why was the writer’s plan for the night?

 

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d.         Do you think the boss was attracted to the writer because of the perfume?

Give a reason for your answer.

 

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PRACTICE 3

 

Read the extract from the short story “FRUITCAKE SPEACIAL” below and answer the  questions that follow.

 

 

Momma seemed satisfied with my explanation that things had just not worked out between me and Mr. Amos, although she thought it a wasted opportunity she wanted me to have a rich husband. Still, happiness is what really counts, she said, with a note of sadness in her voice. When I finally got back to the factory there was a message left on my desk – could I see Mr. Amos as soon as I got in. As I walked towards David Amos’s office I felt like a schoolgirl who had to go to see the head teacher. I was sure that the fruitcake special would not still be working by now – after all, he had not seen me for a few days. I knocked on his door. Mr. Amos was sitting behind his big desk with a large black eye.

 

 

 

 

a.         Describe the ‘opportunity’ as in the context of the story?

 

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b.         Why was the ‘opportunity’ considered as wasted?

 

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c.         Why did the writer feel ‘like a schoolgirl who had to go to see the head teacher’?

 

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d.         Do you think Mr. Amos was angry at the writer? Give a reason

 

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PRACTICE 4

 

Read the extract from the short story “FRUITCAKE SPECIAL” below and answer the  questions that follow.

 

 

‘Momma,’ I said, ‘if it’s Aunt Mimi with news of another “perfect boy” for me, tell her I’m not interested.’ ‘It’s not Aunt Mimi, dear,’ said Momma.
‘Who is it?’ I asked. ‘I think you’d better come see for yourself ’ Momma said.
I went to the front door. It was Armstrong, the pizza delivery man. He was holding up a pizza box which had ‘Armstrong’s Peachy Pizzas’ in big letters on the front.
Armstrong now owned the pizza company. He explained that he’d fallen in love with me when he first delivered pizza to us, but he wanted to be a success before asking me out. He said I deserved no less. Then he gave me some flowers. I never really noticed before, but Armstrong is quite good looking: a bit short maybe, a little thin on top –but nobody’s perfect.

 

 

 

a.         State one characteristic of a ‘perfect boy” in Aunt Mimi’s opinion.

 

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b.         What is the name of Armstrong’s company?

 

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c.         What does Armstrong mean when he said “ … deserved no less’?

 

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d.         Would you marry someone like Armstrong? Give a reason

 

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ANSWERS

Practice 1

 

  1. not normal
  2. confused at how the feelings of her boss towards her changes abruptly.
  3. Name of the perfume.
  4. The boss took a liking of her when he was not interested at all a little while ago. Perhaps it is the work of the perfume.

 

Practice 2

  1. Mr Amos and Anna
  2. She is actually not interested in Mr Amos.
  3. She wants to find out why Mr Amos was attracted to her.
  4. Any logical answer.

Practice 3

  1. an opportunity to marry a rich man
  2. the marriage did not take place.
  3. She did not know how to answer or react to Mr Amos who is her boss.
  4. No, he was not. He was not aware of what had actually happened.

 

Practice 4

  1. wealthy
  2. ‘Armstrong’s Peachy Pizzas’
  3. She is a fine person and she should get someone who is capable of looking after her and care for her financially.
  4. Any logical answer.
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“The Fruitcake Special” is written by Frank Brennan. Frank Brennan and his wife wrote novels together and many of their novels were published by Mills and Boon, a publishing house that publishes romance novels.

Summary

Anna, a chemist who works at the Amos cosmetics factory inNew Jersey,USAis trying to discover a new perfume. One day she mixes a slice of the fruitcake given by her Aunt Mimi into a mixture of flowers. It smells wonderful so she tried it on her. Not too long, her boss, David Amos who is a handsome English guy never saying nice thing to ordinary girl like her asked her to have a dinner with him. That would be because of fruitcake. Anna realises now that the perfume is responsible for his strange behaviour. At dinner, there was a competition between David Amos and the waiter for her attention. The night ended with both men hitting each other and Sabina (David’s girlfriend) punching David. Anna later found out more about the fruitcake from her Aunt Mimi and realized that it was made by an old woman who had just passed away. Later David apologized and offered Anna a raise as compensation. Anna feels insulted and quit her job. Then, the pizza man appears at her door with pizza and a box of flowers. He is now the owner of his pizza company. Anna decides to go out with him.

Plot

  • Anna is a chemist at Amos Cosmetics factory. She creates a special fruitcake perfume. She calls her perfume ‘the fruitcake special’. Anna applies the perfume without realizing that whoever uses the perfume will attract any man to fall in love with her.
  • Her boss, David Amos who has never showed any interest in her invites her to dinner that night just after walking past her.
  • At home, Anna’s mother and her Aunt Mimi are discussing her marriage. They were talking about Amstrong but Anna was not interested.
  • At dinner, David treated Anna as usual- as just an employee. She goes to the washroom and applies the perfume. As she walks past a waiter, the waiter fell in love with her. David too showed the same reaction. Anna then realizes that it is all due to the ‘fruitcake special’. Sabina, David’s girlfriend became furious with David’s behaviour. The waiter starts to sing for Anna and soon after there was a confusion. Sabina punches David and then David and the waiter fought with each other.
  • Anna is eager to find out about the fruitcake. She visits her Aunt Mimi who tells her that the cake was made by an old lady who used special ingredients. Unfortunately, it is impossible to find the old woman as she has passed away recently.
  • When Anna returns to work, David was there with Sabina. She meets Sabina with Mr. Amos in his office and Sabina insults her. Sabina tells Anna that David will give Anna a sum of money to compensate for his behaviour.  In anger, Anna splashes the perfume on Sabina. She then resigns from the company and finds a new job in the factory that produces IntrigueAnna feels insulted and quit her job.
  • At home, Armstrong visits her wit pizza and flowers. He told her he had fallen in love with her since her first delivered pizza to her house. Now that he has his own pizza company, he is ready to go out with her. Anna accepts Armstrong.

Setting

Time: The events happened within a week.

Place: Amos CosmeticsFactory,New Jersey,USA.

         : Anna’s home.

         : A French restaurant ( dinner between Anna and her boss)

         : Aunt Mimi’s apartment (Anna visited her Aunt Mimi)

Characters

The main character:

Anna- She is 27-year old simple looking chemist. She works at Amos Cosmetics factory. She is rather sensible. She realizes that her boss would not be attracted to a simple girl like her.

The minor characters:

David Amos– He is a shrewd businessman. He is an English man who is rich and handsome. He is the owner of Amos Cosmetics Factory, a factory that manufactures and sells perfumes. He has been going out with beautiful young models. However, his current girlfriend is Sabina.

Anna’s mother– She is rather caring and is very eager to find a groom for Anna. She recommends Armstrong, the pizza man as she feels he has ‘nice eyes’.

Aunt Mimi– She is a helpful and caring person. She is also very keen to find Anna a nice husband. She buys a special fruitcake for Anna.

The Waiter– He works at a French restaurant. He is attracted to Anna when she dapped the fruitcake perfume and competes with Amos for her attention.

Sabina– She is the current girlfriend of David Amos. She is young and pretty. She works as a model. She gets angry when David pays attention to Anna.

Armstrong– He is a very hardworking man. He delivers pizzas and fell in love with Anna. Soon, he becomes the owner of a pizza company. He is returns to ask Anna out.

Language and Style

The story uses the first person “I” and it is told from Anna’s point of view. The language is simple and clear. Through Anna’s description, the readers get the insight into the feelings of the characters. It uses simple vocabulary; short dialogues; lots of exclamation marks (!); unfinished sentences (…); there is a use of italics to show emphasis and unexpected surprise.

Simile

The story has several interesting and funny similes:

he looked like a dog who had just found a bone;

mouths wide open like a couple of fish.

Why did everybody sound like bad movies tonight?

Imagery

The fruitcake ingredient makes the sophisticated perfume smell like a glorious mix of all natural, delicious, inviting and warm smells (like fresh bread and flowers and sunshine all mixed together).

Themes

The effects of a perfume–  The fragrance of a perfume has a very strong appeal. Men are attracted to ladies who are wearing it. Thus, it is popular amongst women.

Keeping one’s dignity– Anna rejects both David Amos and the waiter as they are not genuinely concerned about her. She has integrity and has pride in her own worth. She resigned from her career at Amos Cosmetics because she did not like the way her employer, David Amos treated her.

 

Moral Values

  • Appreciate ourselves for who we are and not depend on the supernatural- The special ingredient in the fruitcake that was mixed in the perfume did not bring happiness to Anna because she attracted the wrong type of men.

 

  • We should appreciate true love- Armstrong who has fallen in love with Anna when he was only a pizza delivery man, withholds his declaration of love until he is successful. Although Anna did not like Armstrong at first, she realizes that he truly loves her and would be a suitable life partner.

 

  • Hard work is the key to success- Anna works very hard. She spends long hours at her working place. This is the reason why her boss wanted her to continue working for him. Armstrong worked very hard to become successful. Finally he became the owner of a pizza company. He asked Anna out on a date when he had achieved his goal.

 

  • We must not compromise our dignity- Anna has integrity and has pride in her own worth. She walked out of her job when she was insulted with the boss’ offer.

Flipping Fantastic is a story presented in a form of diary entries. It conveys the thoughts of twin brothers, Tristan and James and their mother. The story starts with the last day of primary school at Peter Hill where the twin brothers both acted parts in a school play. Tristan gets to play the leading character as Tom Sawyer, whereas James only got a tiny role, and still he did not do well. The twin boys have always been together and for the first time they have to go to two different schools. Tristan who is a disabled and wheel-chair bound will be going to Chesterlea Grange, a residential school for special children. His brother James will be going to Highfields, a normal secondary school. Since James and Tristan have always been together, both James and their mother are worried about Tristan’s well being in the new school. Tristan on the other hand was experiencing mixed feelings about leaving the familiar Peter Hill Primary and starting at Chesterlea Grange. In the end, both Tristan and James decide that they would make it on their own if they set their mind to it.

Exploring a Short Story

It is useful to look for these elements when attempting to read a short story:

  • Point of View
  • Characters
  • Plot
  • Setting
  • Theme
  • Moral value

 

Point of View

The story is set out in the form of diary entries by twin brothers, James and Tristan and their mother. The story starts with the last day of primary school at Peter Hill where the  twin brothers took parts in a school play. The diary pages reflected the thoughts of both the twin brothers, Tristan and James on the new schools they will be attending shortly. The diary pages of the mother reflect her thoughts on the behavioral aspects of her twin sons.

Characters

Major Characters

The main characters are Tristan and James. They are twins. Tristan is physically challenged and is wheel-chair bound. Tristan has developed a very positive spirit and he is very confident for a person who needs help to get around. Tristan is smart. He is good in mathematics. He has a great memory and thus doing homework is easy for him. Tristan found his element in acting in dramas and stage plays.

James, on the other hand, is shy. He is the exact opposite of Tristan, needing words of encouragement to get going. He is very good in football but he hates drama. James is more inward looking; shy, nervous and lacked confidence. When he gets a tiny role in the play, he feels very nervous until he forgets his line.         

The Minor Character

The mother is the minor character. She is sensitive to her sons’ needs. Although she is not a major character in the story but she is instrumental in providing relevant information so that we can understand the twins better. She is positive minded and very optimistic. She would not want Tristan to think lowly of his disability. She wants Tristan to be brave and have a positive outlook in life despite his physical shortcomings. This can be gathered from the words,” I ‘m only interested in what you can do.” She is observant and understanding. During the summer holidays, she could observe the unhappiness of both of her boys. James is normally quiet by nature but not Tristan. She feels that she is making a wrong decision by sending them to different schools.

PLOT

Exposition –This is where the story begins and we are introduced to the characters.

Tristan and James are just about finishing their primary education. Although they are twins, they are very different in many ways. It is the last day in Peter Hill Primary for the twins. A play is always held on the last day. Both of the boys are involved in it. Tristan has the lead role while James took a small part. The play was ‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer’. Tristan was selected for the role of Tom. While Tristan took to the role like fish to water, James was ill at ease.  On the big night, among the parents watching, sitting in the front row was their mother. She was so happy that her two boys were acting in the play. She marvelled at how well Tristan delivered his lines. She was also pleased with James even though she senses he had stammered a little bit. For Tristan, he was definitely very delighted with the way the whole play turned out. The stage and prop were all in place. As for his acting, he felt he did a good job. James, on the other hand, felt he stumbled on his line that comprised only seven words and did notice Jessica Parker laughing at him from the audience.

Conflict-This is the part of the story that causes a tension.

It is the beginning of their summer holidays but the boys are not excited. The two boys will be going to different schools in the new school term. Tristan will be going to a special residential school for the disabled while James will be going to a normal day school. Tristan will be staying at the school hostel and return home only on weekends. James, on the other hand, will be travelling to school from home. Tristan depends on James for physical support like pushing him around in his wheelchair while James needs Tristan for moral support. In short, they cannot do without each other. Both were concerned about the other’s feelings but did not want to talk about it.

 

 

Climax- In this part of the story, the tension is at its highest.

Mum notices the boys being unusually quiet. She has a talk with Tristan about going to a Chesterlea Grange. Tristan tells his mum that he does not want to go there but later he regrets saying that to mum. James was happy to hear of Tristan’s decision though he thought that Tristan will learn to be independent if he goes to the school. He talks to Tristan and convinced him to go to Chesterlea Grange.

 

Resolution

This part of the story presents the outcome of the attempt to clear the tension.

Tristan finally decides to go to Chesterlea Grange and it was an excellent place for him. He found it ‘flipping fantastic’. James, meanwhile goes to Highfields and he is also happy as his special friend Kiara Jones is there. Both the boys have decided that they could manage on their own, in the absence of each other.

SETTING

Place : The place setting where the story revolves around is the home of Tristan and James, where James has a talk with Tristan about the school. It is a happy and pleasant place to be. The other places mentioned are Peter Hill Primary where the play was staged. This is a place of fond memories and friendship. Then comes, Chesterlea Grange. Chesterlea Grange is a fully residential school for special children. It is fully equipped with facilities for the physically challenged to acquire knowledge and survival skills. It is Tristan’s new school, an exciting and fun place. Finally, there is Highfields, James’ new school.

Time:  Present Day

THEMES:

Responsibility- James feels responsible for his brother, Tristan who uses the wheelchair. In one of the diary entries, James stated that he can help him with his wheelchair, he can hold back the automatic doors, he can make sure that Tristan gets to the toilet when he needs to and he also can tell the teacher what Tristan can and cannot do during Physical Education class.

Self-reliance- Tristan had been dependent on James to do things for him. When Tristan goes to Chesterlea Grange he will have to be independent. In the story the mother says, “I know you’re clever and confident, but you still rely on other people to do too much for you and it’s time you stood on your own two feet!”

 

Love that keeps members of a family together– The twins are very close to each other. They are closely related as they are always together. James helps to push Tristan around in his wheel chair. They provide comfort and support to each other. They feel they need each other. Due to their close relationship, they feel very sad about the fact that they’ll be separated into different school.

MORAL VALUES:

v We should focus on our strengths

v Positive thoughts give us confidence

v Members of a family should always support each other

v It is good to be independent

v Our talents and abilities should be nurtured

 

Literary Devices

The title “Flipping Fantastic”.  ‘Fantastic’, means that something is extraordinary or superb. ‘Flipping’ in the context of this short story means ‘to react strongly and especially enthusiastically’. So the title, “Flipping Fantastic” implies ‘extraordinarily superb’.
Although the language is simple, the reader will need to tie up the character traits and the story as the story is built up from the diary pages of three persons.

The literary devices used in this story include mainly figurative language, imagery, irony and alliteration.

The figurative language include:
Similes- ” Like a tyre that has burst, totally deflated
Metaphors- “James is such a pest“.
Personification-“Time could have stopped still“.

As for imagery, it was used in the following manner-” We’re very much stuck together“.

An example of alliteration:-“Flipping Fantastic!”

The use of irony is exhibited in such sentence as- “…. looking as if they have won the lottery, and then lost the lottery down the drain”.

 

Form 2 – Short Story – One Is One and All Alone  A MODULE BY KPM

“One is one and all alone” is a science fiction. The story takes place in the year 2045. The main character is a girl who is eleven. Her name is Trish. She is on board a spaceship traveling to a planet called Trion. Her mother has gone to Trion earlier. Her father is traveling with her in the spaceship. She is very lonely because her father is very busy with work. She has no siblings and friends. A computer becomes her diary. This computer teaches her language and spelling. She also plays games. She loves to play a game called Pop Star where she acts as a pop star. The computer teaches her about the word ‘clone’. This gives her an idea. She makes a clone of herself and calls it Clo. Clo and Trish are identical. They even think the same way. At first Trish was happy to have Clo to accompany her but things began to change. Having a clone as a companion was fun at first but soon the clone wore the girl down. She was so fed up that she decided to get rid of the clone. However, there is a twist to the story. As clones can think alike, it was Clo who actually got rid of Trish by dumping her outside the space-ship as space rubbish. She then took on the role of Trish for the rest of the journey.

Plot

1.
Exposition
– This is where the story begins and we are introduced to the characters.

Introduction
 It is the year 2045
 Trish is in a spaceship heading to Trion
 She is expected to reach Trion in 2047
 Soon she began to feel bored.

2.
Rising Action-
This is the part of the story that causes a tension
Action Starts
 Trish’s only companion is her VoicePrinter(VP). It is her playmate, tutor and friend.
 She yearns for someone her age to talk to
 VP teaches her about cloning
 Trish gets an idea on how to have a real friend
 She makes a clone of herself.
 She calls it ‘Clo”

3.
Climax-
In this part of the story, the tension is at its highest
Problem
 Trish and Clo become good friends
 Trish gets tired of ‘Clo”
 Their friendship turns sour.
 Trish feels annoyed with Clo when Clo begins to refer to her mother as her own mother

4.
Falling Action-

Anti Climax
 Trish decides to get rid of Clo via the disposal system
 Trish forgets that Clo can read her mind
 Before Trish could dispose her, Clo disposes Trish.
 Trish gets disposed
 Clo is now Trish

5.
Resolution-
This part of the story presents the outcome of the attempt to clear the tension.

Problems Resolved
 Clo enjoys her new life as Trish
 Clo reminds herself that she is now Trish
 No one realizes that Clo is Trish.

Setting

The story is set in the year 2045. The main setting is the spaceship. The places mentioned in the story are; the spaceship corridor, toilet, diner, cabin, laboratory ( this is where Trish made her clone called Clo), store and the disposal system.

Characters

 Trish- She is the main character in the story. She is eleven years old and the only child on board the spaceship. She has no friends, thus she feel lonely and bored. She is intelligent and brave. She miscalculated her move as Clo is as smart as her.
 Clo – She is clone. Her name is given by Trish. She is shrewd as she figured out what Trish planned to do. She is quick thinking as she beats Trish at her own game and she wins as she kills Trish. She has no regrets about taking Trish’s place and living as Trish.
 Trish’s Father- He is an Executive Officer of the spaceship. He is very busy with work. Sometimes he has chocolate milkshakes at the diner with Trish.
 Trish’s Mum- She is as busy as Trish’s father. She is highly qualified and she is working at a space station in Trion. She will only be meeting Trish in 2047.
 VoicePrinter- It is an intelligent computer. Trish can write her thoughts and at the same time converse with the VoicePrinter. It is also a tutor that can correct spelling and punctuation. It is a playmate for Trish. Trish can play games and Trish’s favourite game is Pop Star.

Themes

The theme tells the readers what the story is about. In this story, the author has given us an insight on the importance of interpersonal relationships and the dangers of cloning.

1. Interpersonal Relationship

Every child needs to know that when they have problems, there is someone older around to help them solve their problems. Children must get guidance and develop into balanced individuals, capable of making sound and morally correct decisions. In Trish’s case, she was the only child with her mum and dad being very busy with work she needed friendship and someone to talk to.

2. Cloning can be dangerous

This story has shown us that cloning is possible whereby we can make another human being identical to an existing living human being. This story ha also shown us on how things can go wrong and have serious consequences. Clo does not feel bad or remorse after she disposed Trish and she continues living as Trish.

Moral Values

The values in this story relates to the characters. They actually relate to qualities of the characters. The story teaches us to think carefully before we take certain actions. Another lesson is that we must not be cruel to others.

1. Think before you leap
We must think carefully before we do anything. We must always think through the problem. We should not make emotional decisions. We must try to be as rational as we possibly can. Sometimes when we make emotional decisions, they may not be rational ones. As a child Trish did not think of the consequences of her actions. She thought they were harmless. In the end, Clo outsmarts her and disposes her.

2. Family Bonding

Family bonding is very importance. Parents should try their best to guide and nurture their children. The parents must be there as the child grows up and learn habits and skills. In the story, Trish is left alone and yearns for her parents company. She spends most of her time alone or with the machine- the VoicePrinter. There is no true family bonding and there is also no bonding with friends her age. She gets involved in cloning as there was no parental guidance and she does not realize the implications.

Tone and Mood

The ordinary tone is felt in the beginning. This is when Trish says that she is lonely and needs a companion. However, the tone changes to something out of the ordinary. This is when Trish decides to make a clone. She makes “another Me” in the BioLab. Later Trish decides to get rid of Clo but Trish gets killed instead.

Language and Style

The author uses the pronoun “I” in the story. The style of writing is very simple and straightforward. Nonetheless, there is a mixture of prose, diary entries and dialogue. The diary entries are feelings and thoughts of Trish. The dialogue is mainly between her and her VoicePrinter.

Literary Devices

Irony Page 52
-“I can’t stand the way Clo’s mind works. I can’t Clo’s corny jokes, and her dismal sulks. I can’t stand Clo’s laugh or eating habits or her finger picking.”

Trish finds Clo’s habits as irritating. She does not see that all those habits that she hates are all her own habits. This is ironic.
Imagery Page 48-49
-“Rolling bits of skin around a fingernail.” and “They writhe and fiddle all the time.”

Page 52-53
– “You open the hatch, put the thing you want to get rid of into the hole, and whoosh its’ gone.”
The readers can actually visualize what Clo is doing with her fingers.

This description of Trish opening the hatch and putting ‘the thing’ into it is an image of horror. It makes Trish seem so cruel.

Synopsis

 

“One is one and all alone” is a science fiction. The story takes place in the year 2045. The main character is a girl who is eleven. Her name is Trish. She is on board a spaceship traveling to a planet called Trion. Her mother has gone to Trion earlier. Her father is traveling with her in the spaceship. She is very lonely because her father is very busy with work. She has no siblings and friends. A computer becomes her diary. This computer teaches her language and spelling. She also plays games. She loves to play a game called Pop Star where she acts as a pop star. The computer teaches her about the word ‘clone’. This gives her an idea. She makes a clone of herself and calls it Clo. Clo and Trish are identical. They even think the same way. At first Trish was happy to have Clo to accompany her but things began to change. Having a clone as a companion was fun at first but soon the clone wore the girl down. She was so fed up that she decided to get rid of the clone. However, there is a twist to the story. As clones can think alike, it was Clo who actually got rid of Trish by dumping her outside the space-ship as space rubbish. She then took on the role of Trish for the rest of the journey.

Flipping Fantastic is a story presented in a form of diary entries. It conveys the thoughts of twin brothers, Tristan and James and their mother. The story starts with the last day of primary school at Peter Hill where the twin brothers both acted parts in a school play. Tristan gets to play the leading character as Tom Sawyer, whereas James only got a tiny role, and still he did not do well. The twin boys have always been together and for the first time they have to go to two different schools. Tristan who is a disabled and wheel-chair bound will be going to Chesterlea Grange, a residential school for special children. His brother James will be going to Highfields, a normal secondary school. Since James and Tristan have always been together, both James and their mother are worried about Tristan’s well being in the new school. Tristan on the other hand was experiencing mixed feelings about leaving the familiar Peter Hill Primary and starting at Chesterlea Grange. In the end, both Tristan and James decide that they would make it on their own if they set their mind to it.

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