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THE DOLL: "Week-End"

Please use this thread to discuss the story "Week-End".

 

Given the time period these stories were written, this title makes me think of Julian Fellowes and all the great lines he's given Maggie Smith in both Gosford Park and Downton Abbey ( "What is a 'week-end'?" )

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This story reminded me a bit of “A Difference in Temperament” in that in both stories, both the man and the woman were acting like they thought the other would want them to act, not as their true selves.  I would say there is a theme of deception in relationships running though several stories.

 

I liked how the story came full circle, starting with a comfortable silence on the drive to the seaside an ending with an uncomfortable silence on the drive home from the seaside.

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You're right - this is similar to the other story, in that the couple does not really understand each other.  Although in this one, they do eventually start saying what they really think!  I thought it was an interesting story.  The couple don't seem to know each other very well to begin with, and are in the first flush of their relationship when they decide to go away together for the weekend.  Each is not being themself, and they are almost sickening in their efforts to be light-hearted and playful.  But once they have spent some time together (and gone through a mishap), they find they are not so attracted, after all.  (Kind of like some relationships that go south once they move in together; good thing they tried it out before getting married.)  I also really liked the parallels between in the end of the story and the beginning!

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dulcinea3 wrote:

You're right - this is similar to the other story, in that the couple does not really understand each other.  Although in this one, they do eventually start saying what they really think!  I thought it was an interesting story.  The couple don't seem to know each other very well to begin with, and are in the first flush of their relationship when they decide to go away together for the weekend.  Each is not being themself, and they are almost sickening in their efforts to be light-hearted and playful.  But once they have spent some time together (and gone through a mishap), they find they are not so attracted, after all.  (Kind of like some relationships that go south once they move in together; good thing they tried it out before getting married.)  I also really liked the parallels between in the end of the story and the beginning!


Commenting on what I put in bold:
Yes, not only are they new in the relationsip with each other, but they are older, over thirty, and neither have been married.  Maybe neither are very good companions.

 

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