The short story is named “Reconciliation” and is written by Polly Clark. The story takes place in an office and the main character is the narrator and Vernon and Janny are two other important characters.
”I’m wearing the clothes I slept in. It saved me 20 minutes this morning and meant I could sleep a little longer. My outfit is a skirt and lycra top so there’s no creasing, so who would know?” The narrator in the text is a woman, who probably is in her midlife or a bit younger. She tries to present herself as a completely normal person when it comes to her appearance, but the things she thinks about and her way of handling things, makes her look like she has some smaller mental issues. This can be caused because she is loosing her husband whom she wants to stay with. She is not willing to give up on their relationship and marriage and it seems like she is in a state of sorrow which makes her act this way. She tries hard to present herself as normal and tries to show Vernon how much she is willing to do for their relationship. She has been used to having her husband and being with him, so if he is gone, she does not know what to do with herself and the things around her. She does not have a very high self-esteem and sees herself as far from perfect. This lack of self-esteem can also explain the fright, which she feels when it comes to loosing her husband, because if he does not want him who would then have her with all her faults. So she is scared of loosing her normal life and the things, which she is used to.
“His name is Vernon. He looks like a turtle. More specifically he looks like a turtle without a carapace which gives him a rather exposed and nervous air. When he turns his head his neck stretches and crinkles like a rhino in latex. I bite my lip as I reached the desk. I try to smile.” When you first are introduced to the narrator’s husband she gives a description of him. In her description she says that he looks like a turtle...
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