Short story: “The Trouble with Mrs. Blynn, the Trouble with the World”
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“The Trouble with Mrs. Blynn, the Trouble with the World,” by Patricia Highsmith
Appeared in the New Yorker on May 27th, 2002 (subscribers, read here); collected in Nothing That Meets the Eye: The Uncollected Stories of Patricia Highsmith and elsewhere; read for the New Yorker Fiction Podcast by Yiyun Li
“Life is a long failure of understanding, Mrs. Palmer thought, a long mistaken shutting of the heart.”
I love it when a short story embodies its central idea as precisely as this does. Also, it’s possible I don’t give Highsmith enough credit for compassionate insight.