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