Sunday, February 26, 2012
Girls in Their Summer Dresses, Irwin Shaw
To my mind, this is one of the great short stories. I have probably read it a dozen times over the years.
A husband cannot stop looking at other women when he and his wife are out for a Sunday stroll. And she can't help noticing that instead of listening to her plans for the day, (which includes seeing a baseball game, he is looking at women. Relentlessly, as he always has.
When pushed, he lists all the reasons he looks at women. And it's a comprehensive list-an addiction for him.
Although he claims to have been faithful for the five years of their marriage, the lust in his heart is as lethal as an affair(s) would have been.
What short story sticks with you?
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