“A Woman of Properties,” by Jack Matthews
Recorded for Miette’s Bedtime Story Podcast
Delicious. I would call this story cruel to its main character, but that’s not quite right. The author/narrator depicts her failure and her repression precisely, impartially. Actually, now that I’ve written that out, I find myself skeptical of the author/narrator’s impartiality. Is a story really less cruel because it is carefully crafted, because it avoids showing any sign of malice? Maybe it’s more accurate to say that I find it impossible to hate the character, or even look down on her, no matter how awful she is. I know her too well.