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Content[ edit ] "Why Don't You Dance? The reader gets the feeling that he may be selling all his possessions, looking to start life anew. A young couple stops by to select furniture for their new apartment.
They haggle a little over prices and buy a TV and a bed. The drinking man tells the young girl to put a record on. When the music begins the man asks the couple to dance. Then the drinking man dances with the young girl, and she says to him: She mocks the record-player and records he gave them, saying: The narrator asks the photographer in for coffee.
The manuscript version of the same title appears in Beginners Fixit"[ edit ] A man reflects "about three years back" on his struggle to come to grips with a couple of troublesome relationships.
He was surprised to see his elderly single mother kissing a man on the sofa upstairs. He says his kids were crazy and so was his wife, Myrna, who eventually fell for another man named Ross whom she met at Alcoholics Anonymous.
He remembers how his father died and suggests to Myrna that they "hug awhile" and have a "real nice supper," and she responds somewhat lukewarmly. The manuscript version titled "Where Is Everyone? Duane has been having an affair with a cleaning lady, Juanita.
Duane tries to convince Holly that their love can be rekindled and reconciled but Holly does not agree. Duane is left hopelessly bemoaning the future he had envisioned with Holly. She realizes it's the open gate, and hesitantly she goes to the kitchen to smoke for a while before going out to investigate, leaving her alcoholic husband Cliff "passed out" and snoring loudly in bed.
At the fence, Nancy meets her neighbor Sam, a widower, who is spreading insecticide to kill slugs which are ruining his garden.
Lonely and wishing to patch up their relationship, Sam asks Nancy to tell Cliff he said hello. Nancy says she will and goes back to bed, realizing she forgot to latch the gate shut.
The manuscript version titled "Want to See Something? It's been two years since his father's divorce from his mother. While the wife was away, the father had been having an extramarital affair with a Stanley Products saleswoman.
The father asks Les if everything is okay, and Les lies, saying everything is fine. A fissure seems to grow between the father and son during the uncomfortable, transient, confusing meeting.
Fairly sure that his father will play a negligent to nonexistent role in his future, Les boards his flight. The manuscript version titled "The Fling" appears in Beginners It is much shorter than "A Small, Good Thing" and ends on an ambiguous note as Scotty's mother goes home from the hospital to take a bath, which is where this version of the story gets its name.
After Jerry marries, Bill senses a change in his friend. One Sunday afternoon, the two men leave their wives and Jerry's kids to go out for a drive. They play pool and drink beer at the Rec Center. On their way out, they see two women biking down the road.
Jerry proposes turning back and chatting them up. They drive ahead and wait for the women to pass. The women, when they arrive, drop their bikes and cut down a path away from the men, which doesn't really bother Bill but angers Jerry, who devises a plan to cut them off.Feb 01, · During this prolific period he wrote three collections of stories, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, Cathedral and Elephant.
Fires, a collection of essays, poems and stories, appeared in , followed by three further collections of poetry/5(K). WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT LOVE.
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Raymond Carver’s classic short story collection, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, was originally published in and has been the subject of some controversy over the years, with questions raised about the importance of editor Gordon Lish’s role in establishing the unique minimalist.