Short Story #92: An Appointment for Candlemas by Robert Graves
Title: An Appointment for Candlemas
Author: Robert Graves
The story is a question and answer between an interviewer (and possible reporter) and Mrs. Hipkinson. The conversation has all the hallmarks of interviewing someone for a local newspaper about the local rotary club. However, Mrs. Hipkinson doesn't run the local rotary but the local witches' coven. So through the discussion, Mrs. Hipkinson explains her role in the coven, upcoming holidays or events, the challenges of keeping membership and the concerns about future generations getting involved because things like television are keeping children from becoming interested. The story ends with Mrs. Hipkinson thanking the reporter and saying that he behaved better than the one she ran into who was sneaking around her property and had to turn into a dingo for the local zoo.
ReflectionIt's an amusing piece on a standard local story that you may find in any local newspaper. The tone and good-natured back and forth feels spot on.
Short Story # out of 365
Rating: 2 (out of 5 stars)
Date Read: 4/1/2014
Source: The Shout and Other Stories by Robert Graves. Penguin Books, 1978.
For a full listing of all the short stories in this series, check out the category 365 Short Stories a year.
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