Kate Chopin’s "Ma’ame Pelagie" paints a stark and startling portrait of its titular protagonist, a middle-aged spinster whose dearest wish is to see her father’s great southern mansion restored to its former glory. But the arrival of their niece, and the girl’s subsequent dissatisfaction, forces a reevaluation of the life these women have lived, finally compelling Ma’ame Pelagie to prove how far she’ll go - how much she’ll do - to keep her family happy, and together.
Voice actor Liza Ross’ sharp southern drawl neatly draws out the multifarious themes of this complex story - loss, hope, abandonment, sacrifice - and her thoughtful performance is chock-full of subtle foreshadowing, rich and engrossing.
This is a story from the Classic Women's Short Stories collection....
Five stories from influential women writers of the 19th century and the first decades of the 20th century.
New Zealand-born Katherine Mansfield settled in England where she wrote a series of short stories that are widely recognized as among the finest of the 20th century for their economy, clarity, sensitivity and effect. "The Garden Party" is one of her most famous, while "Daughters of the Late Colonel" shows a wonderful sense of wit.
Kate Chopin, writing in the last years of the 19th century, broke new ground with her daring view of women as individuals with human needs. "Lilacs" and "Ma'ame Pelagie" are sympathetic portraits of women with differing dilemmas.
Woolf's "A Mark on the Wall" shows, in short story form, the turmoil within the stillness which became such a mark of her later novels.