Me and Mr. Harry
The story is written by Batya Swift Yasgur who is the twelfth winner of MWA’s Robert L. Fish Award, presented annually for the most promising first story. Me and Mr. Harry was first published in 1995.
The story is about a young girl who has an unaccepted relationship to a much older man in school called Mr. Harry. In fact the little girl has been raped, but she does not look at it in that way. She thinks that it is just love between Mr. Harry and her. It is a frustrating situation for her; she does not understand what is wrong with her being in love with an older man. She feels everybody is against her.
She is sitting with Mrs. Morris who is a social worker. Mrs. Morris tries to make the girl tell about Mr. Harry, but the girl does not want to tell anything. She wants to be with Mr. Harry. “I want Mr. Harry. That’s all.” (Page 57, in the bottom line.) With him, she is comfortable. But the parents still cannot understand why she won’t talk. You follow the girl and her parents through the story. The parents are trying to get some details from their daughter’s affair with Mr. Harry, because the parents does not like it. They know Mr. Harry’s – a man’s thoughts, and so they know he is just using their daughter and maybe sexually, but they cannot say for sure yet. But the girl will just not say anything. She is just heartbroken because of Mr. Harry has been imprisoned because of their affair. The girl has had a lot of problems and Mr. Harry has always helped her out. That makes her trusting Mr. Harry, because not even her parents use to help her out. Mr. Harry has apparently touched the girl, and therefore they have to go to the courthouse. The girl thinks they have something special and therefore she did not mind the touching. The court doesn't have enough evidence to jail Mr. Harry and therefore they release him. Afterwards the girl hears mom and dad talk about another girl who also has been "touched" by Mr. harry. She begins to scream...
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