Lily Littel--with a questionable and somewhat shady past--observes two elderly women, Mrs. Freeport and Mrs. Garnett, and their manners with one another. Lily Littel, aka Mrs. Cliff Little, a paying boarder is treated as though she is a servant and to entertain herself, Lily often retreats into her violent imagination.
Subtle story telling and within just a few pages, Gallant has created a story that reveals class differences as well as age differences.
"Acceptance of Their Ways" was first published in 1960 and is now included in the collection: The Cost of Living: Early and Uncollected Stories.
Guardian review of The Cost of Living
18 March, 2011
The story is probably less than 2,500 words and written in 3rd-person POV. It was published in Granta, issue number 106.
Also included in this issue is an extensive interview with Mavis Gallant.
Granta's web page for Simpson
QBD book shop site
18 February, 2011
|picture from The Guardian|
Paris Review interview, written
Mavis Gallant reads another story, video, "In Transit" etc.