Teaching Sinclair Ross’s “The Painted Door”

There is one space-break between paragraphs late in the story between the episode when John’s wife is hovering on the edge of deciding to sleep with the young neighbor Steven and the next one when she wakes up the next morning.

I said “So after John’s wife has spent the night with Steven…”, a grade 12 girl student spoke up protesting, asking where that happened. I replied it was implied, understood, and strongly suggested by/with the space-break in the 1940s story. Boy, was she let down!

(This is the only rare online copy of this book that I know of which was signed by Ross for Harborfront Festival organizer-book collector Greg Gatenby. Ross’s collection of stories are the best ones about the Canadian Depression.) 

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