Weekly geeks 2009-09 (F. Scott Fitzgerald 1)

This weekly geeks’ theme is quotes. "One of my favorite Weekly Geeks last year was: A Quote a Day. This will have you pulling books off your shelves and Googling for your favorites. It also means a post a day for the next week – or as many as you can do."

I thought about a theme for the whole week. Claire was talking about F. Scott Fitzgerald this week and I in return mentioned his short stories. I haven’t read them for a long time, but maybe now is the time to get re-acquainted with them.

So, my first quote, or rather passage, for this week is from one of my favourite short stories by Fitzgerald, called "Outside the cabinet-maker’s". A man and his daughter are waiting in the car outside a cabinet-maker’s for the return of the mother who went into the shop.

"Listen," the man continued. "Do you see that house over the way?"

The little girl looked. It was a flat in back of a shop. Curtains masked most of its interior, but there was a faint stir behind them. On one window a loose shutter banged  from back to forth every few minutes. Neither the man nor the little girl had ever seen the place before.

"There’s a Fairy Princess behind those curtains," said the man. "You can’t see her but she’s there, kept concealed by an Ogre. Do you know what an Ogre is?"


"Well, this Princess is very beautiful with long golden hair."

They both regarded the house. Part of a yellow dress appeared momentarily in the window.

"That’s her," the man said. "The people who live there are guarding her for the Ogre. He’s keeping the King and Queen prisoner ten thousand miles below the earth. She can’t get out until the Prince finds the three -" He hesitated.

"And what, Daddy? The three what?"

"The three – Look! There she is again."

"The three what?"

From: "Outside the cabinet-maker’s" by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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  1. Ooh that’s such a teaser. I just borrowed Gatsby and Tender is the Night from the library yesterday. One of these days I’ll get a hold of his short stories.. Thanks for the amusing passage. 🙂


  2. What a fine, realistic dialogue.
    I have not read much by Fitzgerald, but I have vague plans of re-reading “The Great Gatsby”. I read him while I was too young to appreciate him.


  3. What a wonderful quote. I don’t think I’ve ever read Fitzgerald’s short stories, or can not remember them. They are on my TBR list now. Thanks!


  4. Always thought it odd when people mention Fitzgerald’s short stories as somehow less worthy of praise than his novels simply because he turned to them to make a living. This is a perfect example of how masterful he was in both forms.


  5. Claire, yes a teaser, just so you will read his stories, :-).

    Dorte, isn’t it very realistic? I thought so, too. Maybe I was too young when I read the Great Gatsby, also. I never liked it that much. Later when I read more of FSF, I never touched Gatsby again.

    Gavin, so glad I convinced someone to read hos stories.

    Frances, yes, you are right, just because someone wrote something for a living doesn’t necessarily mean it’s bad. In fact I like his short stories better than his novels.

    Alexa, I won’t tell, what the three … are. Must go and find out yourself. Sorry, 🙂


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