November 2, 2012

First…how in the HECK is it November? Seriously – NOVEMBER? That’s just…that’s just not right, people.

Second…sorry for the delay. Experienced a *wee* bit of difficulty over here at GP central but all is copacetic now so let’s just move along, shall we?

It’s a return to flash fiction – little short punches of literature, as well as the continuing saga of Tom Jones.

 

Hatchet Job,  No. 6  from Little (Flash) Fiction, by Brad Rose

Read by Xe Sands

 

Xe  writes…

Copyright 2012 Brad Rose

Published 2012 by Little Fiction

Recorded with permission from author and publisher.

Continuing this week with the sixth story from the excellent, Little (flash) Fiction collection – this one very short and to the point, a perfect example of the “flash” in flash fiction.

This piece brings to mind the shameful way we treat each other when we are ashamed of an aspect of the relationship. You cheat on your husband with “Bob,” and, in order to regain a sense of yourself as a good person, a person who would not have done this thing, you eventually revile “Bob.” Maybe, if you turn all that self-hatred and loathing and guilt and shame on “Bob,” you will be absolved, you will be clean…you will be pure again and never have done this thing at all.

Except…

It doesn’t work that way. You do that, and “Bob” just becomes one more “hatchet job” in your repertoire.

 

Tom Jones – Book 2, Chapter 2, by Henry Fielding

Read by Mark Turetsky

Mark  writes…

Book 2 Chapter 2 of Tom Jones.

This is part of an ongoing project in which I will record and post one chapter per week of Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones over the course of four years.

Well, the foundling finally has a name, and it’s Tom Jones! Things aren’t really looking up for little Tommy, though, as Mr. Blifil doesn’t want his own newborn son associated with a bastard child. Perhaps it has something to do with young Blifil being paradoxically one month premature, but also surprisingly fully grown and in good health (perhaps Miss Bridget wasn’t quite as chaste as she let on). Blifil quotes scripture for why one shouldn’t hold with bastards, and Allworthy points out the errors in Blifil’s scriptural understanding.

Here, we get something which we still see today. Mr. Blifil makes quite public his outrage at some imagined offense, which he justifies using a poor understanding of the Bible. Not only that, but it’s an offense of which he himself is guilty and ashamed.

Plus ça change…

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