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A Piece Of Red Calico

Auhtor: Frank Stockton

Language: english

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Review by Stephen M. Charme, June 2010


Rating: (*****)
Copyright: Public Domain in the U.S.
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Summary of the Book 'A Piece Of Red Calico':

Frank Richard Stockton (April 5 1834 ? April 20 1902) was an American writer and humorist best known today for a series of innovative childrens fairy tales that were widely popular during the last decades of the 19th century. Stockton avoided the didactic moralizing common to childrens stories of the time instead using clever humor to poke at greed violence abuse of power and other human foibles describing his fantastic characters adventures in a charming matter-of-fact way in stories like The Griffin and the Minor Canon (1885) and The Bee-Man of Orn (1887) which was published in 1964 in an edition illustrated by Maurice Sendak. His most famous fable is The Lady or the Tiger? (1882) about a man sentenced to an unusual punishment for having a romance with a kings beloved daughter. Taken to the public arena he is faced with two doors behind one of which is a hungry tiger that will devour him. Behind the other is a beautiful lady-in-waiting whom he will have to marry if he finds her. While the crowd waits anxiously for his decision he sees the princess among the spectators who points him to the door on the right. The lover starts to open the door and... the story ends abruptly there. Did the princess save her love by pointing to the door leading to the lady-in-waiting or did she prefer to see her lover die rather than see him marry someone else? That discussion hook has made the story a staple in English classes in American schools especially since Stockton was careful never to hint at what he thought the ending would be (according to Hiram Collins Haydn in The Thesaurus of Book Digests ISBN 0-517-00122-5). He also wrote a sequel to the story The Discourager of Hesitancy.

Excerpts from the Book 'A Piece Of Red Calico':


... I was going into town the other morning, when my wife handed me a little piece of red calico, and asked me if I would have time, during ...
... lines of girls were waiting on much longer lines of customers, and asked him where I could see some red calico. This way, sir, and he ...
... calico of the same shade. The girl made no answer, but took down another roll. That's the shade, said she. Yes, ...
... We haven't any Turkey red calico left, she said, but we have some very nice plain calicoes in other colors. I don't want any ...
... into a store a few doors farther up Broadway. When I entered I approached the floorwalker, and handing him my sample, said: Have you ...
... You'll get that goods at an upholsterers. I went across the street to an upholsterer's. Have you any stuff like this? I asked. ...
... more, but left. The next place I visited was a very large dry-goods store. Of the first salesman I saw I inquired if they kept red calico like my sample. ...
... my sample. Calicoes down-stairs, said the man. They told me they were up here, I said. Not these plain goods. You'll find ...
... this shade in that quality of goods, he said. Well, have you it in any quality of goods? I asked. Yes. We've got it finer. ...
... salesman. You said you didn't care for the quality of the goods, and you know you can't match without you take into consideration quality and color ...
... showed my sample to a salesman. He looked at it, and said: You'll get this down on the first floor-calico department. I turned on my heel, ...
... piece of red calico. If I had had any other kind of a rag about me-a pen-wiper or anything of the sort-I think I would have asked them if they could ...
... How much, sir? she asked. I don't know-say five yards. The lady looked at me rather strangely, but measured off ...
... name of the goods her own number the price the amount of the bank-note I handed her and some other matters-probably the color of my eyes and the ...
... on a slip of paper and copied by the girl in her book girl taken to a hydrant and washed number of towel entered on a paper slip and copied by ...
... matched. You were mistaken. What you wanted was Turkey red-third counter to the left. I mean, Turkey red is what they use! My wife looked ...
... had! said I. Recommended ReadingAre you enjoy this book? Other books that may be interesting to you:Frank Stockton : A Jolly FellowshipFrank ...
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... popular during the last decades of the 19th century. Stockton avoided the didactic moralizing, common to children's stories of the time, instead using... ...