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Victoria's Presentation - Kincaid's "Girl"

Victoria will present Jamaica Kincaid's excellent and multilayered short-short story "Girl."

Girl
Jamaica Kincaid

Wash the white clothes on Monday and put them on the
stone heap; wash the color clothes on Tuesday and put them on the
clothesline to dry; don’t walk barehead in the hot sun; cook pumpkin
fritters in very hot sweet oil; soak your little cloths right after you
take them off; when buying cotton to make yourself a nice blouse, be sure
that it doesn’t have gum on it, because that way it won’t hold up well
after awash, soak salt fish overnight before you cook it, it it true that
you sing benna in Sunday school? Always eat your food in such a way that it
won’t turn someone else’s stomach on Sunday try to walk like a lady and not
like the slut you are bent on becoming; don’t sing benna in Sunday school,
you mustn’t speak to wharf-rat boys, not even to give directions; don’t eat
fruits on the street—flies will follow you, but I don’t sing benna on
Sundays at all and never in Sunday school; this is how to sew on a button;
this is how to make a buttonhole for the button you have just sewed on;
this is how to hem a dress when you see the hem coming down and so to
prevent yourself from looking like the slut I know you are so bent on
becoming; this is how you iron your father’s khaki shirt so that it doesn’t
have a crease, this is how you iron father’s khaki pants so that they don’t
hav a crease; this is how you grow okra – far from the house, because okra
tree harbors red ants; when you are growing dasheen, make sure it gets
plenty of water otherwise it makes your throat itch when you are eating it;
this is how you sweep a corner; this is how you sweep a whole house; this
is how you sweep a yard; this is how you smile to someone you don’t like
very much; this is how you smile to someone you don’t like at all; this is
how you smile you like completely; this is how you set a table for tea;
this is how you set a table for dinner; this is how you set a table for
dinner for an important guest; this is how you set a table for lunch; this
is how you set a table for breakfast; this is how you behave in the
prescence of men you don’t know very well; and this is the way they won’t
recognize immediately the slut I have warned you against becoming; be sure
to wash everyday even if it is with your own spit; don’t squat to play
marbles – you are not a boy, you know; don’t pick people’s flowers – you
might catch something; don’t throw stones at blackbirds because it might
not be a blackbird at all; this is how to make bread pudding; this is how
to make deoukona; this is how to make pepper pot; this is how to make a
good medicine for a cold; this is how to make a good medicine to throw away
a child before it even becomes a child; this is how to catch a fish; this
is how to throw back a fish you don’t like, and that way something bad
won’t fall on you; this is how to bully a man; this is how a man bullies
you; this is how to love a man, and if this doesn’t work there are other
ways, and if they don’t work don’t feel too bad about giving up; this is
how to spit up in the air if you feel like it; this is how to move quickly
so that it doesn’t fall on you; this is how to make ends meet; always
squeeze bread to make sure it’s fresh; but what if the baker won’t let me
feel the bread?; you mean to say that after all you are really going to be
the kind of woman who the baker won’t let near the bread?


Comments

Thanks for the Post, I hope you have a great day!

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