Alice Munro is a Canadian author who has written many short-story compilations and collections. In 2013 she won the Nobel Prize in literature, for her work as "master of the contemporary short story". Her stories often depict the troubles of young women and their complexities. They are well known for her uncomplicated prose style, and she is also known for her smooth way of switching between the present and the past. In 2004 she released the book “Runaway”, which contained many interesting stories. One of these short stories was “Tricks”.
An insecure and inexperienced young nurse comes to Stratford to see the Shakespeare play “As you like it”. After the play she decides to take a walk along the river, when suddenly she realizes that she had forgotten her purse. When looking for her purse, she encounters Daniel, a polite man having a walk with his dog in the park. He invites her for some food and offers her to pay for her train ticket home. Robin has never been in love, but she immediately falls for him, and the two of them ends up having a good time, and finishes the evening with a little kiss. When saying goodbye at the train station, Daniel says that Robin should meet him again in a year’s time, wearing the same green dress she wore that day, when he is back from his trip to Montenegro. A year passes, but the green dress isn’t finished at the cleaners when the day comes. Robin then decides to buy a new green dress and heads down to the shop where Daniel worked. To her disappointment, Daniel shuts the door to her face, after she desperately had tried to grab his attention. It isn’t until many years later, when Robin finds out that Daniel had a twin brother who lived with him, who most likely was the man in the shop that day.
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