Short Stories

QWERTY by Vivien Alcock

SYNOPSIS

The story QWERTY tells of how an underestimated secretary fights with an ex-secretary who still thinks that she works there and haunts the typewriter. Lucy Beck is as strong willed  as Miss Broome, the ex-secretary, to hold on to the job for Ross and Bannister’s. Miss Broom haunts the typewriter and frightens anyone who uses it with the word QWERTYUIOP and others. Lucy manages to overcome the problem and sends Miss Broome away with a new task which is to help the late Mr Bannister up there.

THEMES

  • Determination
  • Letting go
  • Strong will

MORAL VALUES

  • If we want something, we must work to make it a reality.
  • We must know when to let go of something if it is not ours anymore.

CHARACTERS

  • Main character     : Lucy Beck
  • Minor characters :
  1. Harry Darke
  2. Miss Broome
  3. Lucy’s mother and uncle, Uncle Bert
  4. Miss Price and Mr Ross

PLOT

  • EXPOSITION – Lucy starts working in Ross and Bannister’s as a secretary. Harry Darke gives her hints of the haunting of the typewriter by Miss Broome but she does not realise it at first.
  • CONFLICT – Lucy types her letter but she isconfused that her letter has  words that are not typed by her.
  • CLIMAX – Lucy retypes her letter but is challenged by Miss Broome who asks her to leave and even threatens her. Lucy fights with it by using correcting liquid to clean off words typed by Miss Broome.
  • FALLING ACTION – Lucy learns about Miss Broome and her haunting of the typewriter. She knows how Uncle Bert would have felt.
  • RESOLUTION – Lucy types and talks to Miss Broome and convinces her to leave this world peacefully and go to other world. Lucy manages to keep her job in Ross and Bannister’s.

THE FRUITCAKE SPECIAL by Frank Brennan

SYNOPSIS

The Fruitcake Special is the  story if the effects of a perfume on men. It was accidentally created by Anna, a chemist who woks at New Jersey. When Mr Amos senses the perfume worn by Anna, he feels he is in love with Anna and so invites her out for dinner. He does not behave like a man in love and Anna is surprised and upset. When she dabs the Fruitcake perfume again, Mr Amos and a waiter become attracted to her and both make declarations of love to her. The situation becomes chaotic when a fight ensues between two men. Anna leaves the restaurant and the factory and ends up with Armstrong, the pizza boy.

THEMES

  • Illusion vs Reality
  • Be realistic in life
  • Appearances can be misleading

MORAL VALUES

  • We should not fall for physical appearance.
  • We must not be too proud of our looks.
  • We must not look down at other people.

PLOT

  • EXPOSITION – Anna accidentally creates a Fruitcake perfume and dabs on it. Mr Amos becomes attracted to her when he gets near her. Anna is very surprise with this sudden interest.
  • CONFLICT – During dinner, Mr Amos does not show his interest as he was in the morning. Anna dabs on the Fruitcake perfume in the ladies room.
  • CLIMAX – Mr Amos suddenly becomes interested in Anna and makes declarations of love to her. A waiter also does silly things to attract Anna’s attention.. A fight starts between Mr Amos, the waiter and Sabrina, Mr Amos’ girlfriend. Anna realises it is the effects of the fruitcake perfume.
  • FALLING ACTION – Anna wants to find the ‘special something’ in the fruitcake but is unable to as the woman who sold the fruitcake has already dead.
  • RESOLUTION – Anna quits her job from Amos Cosmetics and she settles for the pizza delivery man, Armstrong, who has his own pizza company.

CHARACTERS

  • Main characters
  1. Anna, the narrator
  2. David Amos, owner of Amos Cosmetics
  • Minor characters
  1. Narrator’s mother
  2. Narrator’s Aunt Mimi
  3. Waiter at restaurant
  4. Sabina, David Amos’ girlfriend
  5. Armstrong, the pizza delivery man

POINT OF VIEW

  • First person point of view

TONE, MOOD, ATMOSPHERE

  • Light-hearted and humorous
  • Comedic and entertaining

LANGUAGE AND STYLE

  • Simple and easy to understand the language

39 Comments »

  1. ruth ling yieng mee Said:

    interesting stories

  2. tri sha Said:

    tis is a nice story n easy 2 read to!!!!!

    • zahuren Said:

      Hope you enjoy it Trisha!

    • Dyana Hyun Joong Said:

      interesting story..i like it..this is my first time i read this story..thanks a lot for the synopsis and all.:)

  3. Mdm Paw Said:

    Any pictures of the literature?
    Like The Author

    • zahuren Said:

      Which author?

  4. nurul amira Said:

    thanks for the information…
    i’m like this blog..
    thanks a lot..(^.^)

    • zahuren Said:

      You are welcome nurul amira.

  5. ruby lentz Said:

    i love this story and i ask my students to act out the characters….. had fun…

    • zahuren Said:

      Acting out the characters? Nothing is more fun than this when it comes to literature :)

  6. baby Said:

    can you post me lessons of Gulp and Gasp ? on my email . baby.ily33@yahoo.com

  7. kenny roy Said:

    thank you very much, for providing these infomation…. it have saved my life………

  8. raudhatulaliyah Said:

    Thanks for sharing :)

  9. ema azman Said:

    thak you.this is useful!

  10. Faizal Said:

    Dear Teacher,
    Have contacted u through docstoc sometime earlier. But did not get any reply.
    I could not download the notes you uploaded at docstoc as I dont own a credit card (or may be I just dont know how). However, I am interested in having the notes / slides you prepared and I dont mind paying you.
    I can be contacted at afaizalmohamad@yahoo.com

  11. seiichi Said:

    How are questions of a DRAMA going to be asked? Treat it like the short story???

  12. dcd Said:

    i love this stories

  13. mariyamALFREIDO Said:

    I LUrve for who make this…

  14. Louw Said:

    good…..study these for exam…..thank you

  15. KiDRomeo Said:

    Thanks for the note..It been very helpfull to me to very understand the story of it in just few minute.Million Thanks ..

  16. mikami Said:

    wow… so easy thx zahuren …

  17. farah Said:

    gud

    • farah Said:

      i likeeeeeeeeeeee

  18. jingga Said:

    very interesting lol… :-x

  19. muhammad sheqal Said:

    very nice and good for me..i can make it for my reference

  20. rose Said:

    thank u..i used ur notes in my P&P…:)

  21. very simple note but very good…

  22. Hazy Said:

    it’s the enough notes for me to answer what type of questions

  23. nana cheng Said:

    erm..excuse madam..how to download this notes ? i’m really need for my final examination soon.

    • zahuren Said:

      Just click at the picture. Hope you can download the notes.

  24. wendy Said:

    how about describe the main character?
    (just giving an idea)

  25. farah Said:

    thanks..this note can make me get A

  26. nurhayati ibrahim Said:

    thank u..4 the reference..its really help me 4 reinforcement..thank u very much..

  27. hasfuandi Said:

    i like

  28. stephanie Said:

    thanx for the gud information….:)

  29. are-pis cool Said:

    tq ats maklumat and nota y ringkas…

  30. azra atiqah Said:

    easly to understand:D thanks who did this note…

  31. eyhafatihah Said:

    good ,it has many moral values

  32. Taty Said:

    Thanks for the note. It easy to understand.


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