English 1230, 290
10 June 2013
Until We Meet Again
By using Situational and Verbal Irony, John Collier’s short story, “The Chaser” illustrates the unrealistic expectations of youth compared to mature and realistic expectation of an adult. The young man, Alan Austen, is deeply in love with Diana and wishes to possess her completely. With age and experience, the old man knows this is not a scenario in which love can flourish and grow. The old man uses many ploys to persuade Alan to return to the store for subsequent purchase. For example, in the last dialogue, the words of the old man are “Au revoir” (Collier 3) .The definition carries an ironic double meaning. “Goodbye” suggests this is the last time they will meet, but the other meaning of the word is “until I see you again” which could relate to the next visit by the young man in return for the poison to kill Diana. “Then customers come back, later in life, when they are better off, and want more expensive things. Here you are. You will find it very effective” (3). By the end of the story, the reader is able to grab the concept of how ironic that the love potion is extremely cheap compared to the very expensive “glove cleaner”. The old man refers to the poison as a “life cleaner” which can ironically stand for the cleaning of the one who consumed the love potion in such a way as death. Collier, John. “The Chaser.” Class Handout. Dorothy Minor, Professor. Comp II. TCC, Tulsa, OK 5 June 2013. PDF.
“The Chaser” by John Collier is a short story provided by Professor Minor for Comp II. In search for the heart of Diana, Alan Austen reaches out for help through a special potion that will make Diana slave-like to his every movement. Alan Austen doesn’t realize how powerful $1.00 can go.
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