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IGCSE SYLLABUS 0476 IGCSE SYLLABUS 0486 O LEVEL SYLLABUS 2010

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

NOTES FOR TEACHERS on the short stories set for examination in June and November Years 2013, 2014, 2015 *

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[ * NOTE: There are separate documents about the different selections of stories set for examination in years 2007- 2009 and 2010-2012.] CONTENTS Introduction: how to use these Notes The stories: The Son’s Veto Her First Ball The Fly in the Ointment The Destructors A Horse and Two Goats The Rain Horse My Greatest Ambition Sandpiper At Hiruharama Thomas Hardy Katherine Mansfield V.S. Pritchett Graham Greene R.K. Narayan Ted Hughes Morris Lurie Ahdaf Soueif Penelope Fitzgerald

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Introduction These notes are intended to give some background information on each author and/or story as an aid to further research and to stimulate discussion in the classroom. They are intended only as a starting-point. They are no substitute for the student’s own study and exploration of the texts. University of Cambridge International Examinations is not responsible for the content of any of the websites mentioned in the suggestions for further online reading.

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Thomas Hardy

1840-1928

THE SON’S VETO (1894) Hardy is the writer of a number of classic novels of the English Victorian era. He stopped writing novels altogether following the outcries that greeted Tess of the d’Urbervilles (1891) and Jude the Obscure (1895); both were judged in their day to be too explicit in their treatment of personal and social themes. Thereafter he concentrated on writing poetry. In The Son’s Veto, Sophy’s character is presented to us by concentrating on a number of telling moments in her life. The story reveals detail gradually in order to allow us to build up an impression of her. The narrator begins writing...

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