Confused by her newfound freedom and feeling guilty for wanting her mother to die, Esme receives an unexpected visit by Mr Amos Curry, a salesman, who is interested in renting a room. For a woman who “knew nothing about the habits of men,” Esme is at first taken aback by her own decision to accept the stranger as her tenant. But soon things change and Esme realizes that she is “the sort of person who needs to give service,” just as she did for so many years when her sick mother was still alive.
But how will Mr Amos afford paying the rent during the summer, when his sales drop, rests with the reader to find out by reading the short story.
Susan Hill is a British short story writer, novelist, playwright and critic. She was born in 1942.