As English Short Stories Summary

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UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL EXAMINATIONS

AS LITERATURE IN ENGLISH: SYLLABUS 9695

NOTES FOR TEACHERS ON STORIES SET FOR STUDY FROM

STORIES OF OURSELVES: THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL EXAMINATIONS ANTHOLOGY OF SHORT STORIES IN ENGLISH

FOR EXAMINATION IN JUNE AND NOVEMBER 2010, 2011 AND 2012

CONTENTS

Introduction: How to use these notes
1. The Fall of the House of Usher Edgar Allen Poe
2. The Open Boat Stephen Crane
3. The Door in the Wall HG Wells
4. The People Before Maurice Shadbolt
5. A Horse and Two Goats RK Narayan
6. Journey Patricia Grace
7. To Da-Duh, In Memoriam Paule Marshall
8. Of White Hairs and Cricket Rohinton Mistry
9. Sandpiper Ahdaf Soueif
10. Tyres Adam Thorpe These notes are intended to give
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This was demonstrated when a radio broadcast of an adaptation of The War of the Worlds in 1938 caused panic in New York, and can also be seen in the narrator’s concern with the truth of the story at the beginning of The Door in the Wall.

Here the narrator is retelling the story of someone else, who in turn tells it to him with ‘such direct simplicity of conviction’. This creates a tension which remains throughout the story, which on the one hand is ‘frankly incredible’ while we are assured that ‘it was a true story’. The temporary childhood escape into the paradisiacal garden is evoked with nostalgic longing, but remains inexplicable. The character’s final death leaves questions for the reader; it is either another inexplicable event, or some kind of solution to the mystery.

Wider reading
Try either of the novels listed above, or other short stories by Wells, such as The Country of the Blind or The Diamond Maker.

Compare with
The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe
The Signalman by Charles Dickens
The Moving Finger by Edith Wharton

Online
Wells’ biography and a searchable list of works can be found at:

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