Character Revelations, Plot Catalysts, and Natural Allegories Three Mini-Essays on Micro Fictions (1) Molly Giles’ “The Poet’s Husband,” Laurie Berry’s “Mockingbird,” and Jesse Lee Kercheval’s “ Carpathia ,” all describe the moment at which the truth of a romantic partnership is revealed. The reader is introduced to the revelation through the narrator’s account of a specific incident in which the failed or wayward partner reveals the fatal flaw of his or her character, presaging the decline of the relationship – whether in terms of the enlightened, disillusioned partner, or in terms of likely future divorce or schism. In “The Poet’s Husband,” the wife-poet is set up as a somewhat trite vamp diva, displaying the characteristics of a...The end:
.....me to fruition. Luck, abundance, verdant green and growing things will dissipate, die. Threat of the mockingbirds’ viciousness implies threat of a viciousness within the characters and their relationship: his disdain and sense of entitlement; her disillusion and judgment. In each of the stories, elements of nature provide literal and metaphorical warning that the relationship is rotten on the inside. The moon is a beacon outside of a one-sided marriage; the ocean is both a real and allegorical grave; and the grasses, trees, and birds of summer mock a staged happiness with the imminent threat of decay and aggression. Works Cited Stern, Jerome, ed. Micro Fiction: An Anthology of Really Short Stories. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1996.