Description. Three Women. (Mrs. Andrews, Mathilde and Josephine)

Description of Woman Number One.  “The woman had a young, graceful walk, a dark, shining crown of hair, and a beautiful face already tanned (unlike a Parisian’s) by the summer sun.  The child, unexceptional in any way, had thin, long legs, bristling red hair generally in disorder, and the attitude of a leashed terrier quivering to meet every challenge. Yet he aroused no feeling of like or dislike in Alexis until it became evident how jealously the boy made demands upon the mother. He could not bear for her to pause and speak to anyone without pulling irritably on her arm, and it seemed odd that the woman remained undisturbed by the boy’s possessiveness, smiling on him as frequently and tenderly as at an angel by her side.” Mrs. Andrews, Heart is a Masculine Noun, H. Burnett.

Description of Woman Number Two. “She seemed to him to be glowing from the memory of many whispered conversations with young men who had been anxious to touch her hand or her arm; she smiled and went on dreaming and her wide dark eyes grew soft with tenderness. She began to hum as she walked over to the window and stood there looking down at the street in the early winter night; and as Jeff went on watching her he kept resenting that she should have had such a good time at the party that he had found so dull.  She had left him alone a lot, but he had always remained aware of the admiration she aroused in the young men around her…  Mathilde tried to stop smiling, but her dark, ardent face still glowed with warmth as she stood there with her hands clasped in front of her.”  Mathilde, Rigmarole, M. Callaghan.

Description of Woman Number Three. “She was a sub-editor at the publishing house. She was small, slender, dark haired French woman in her thirties and of an odd beauty –a mouth slightly too wide and too thin, her chin soft, almost receding, but with a smooth, caramel skin and dark eyes and dark eyebrows that Austin found appealing.” Josephine Belliard, The Womanizer, R. Ford.    

 

Reading This:

Quote: How do we re-create the emotional truth of an experience, and what leeway does the writer have?

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-ca-david-ulin-20120219,0,1862704.story

Quote: D’Agata’s response, when he heard Fingal’s question? “It’s called art, dickhead.”

http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/books/2012/02/the_lifespan_of_a_fact_essayist_john_d_agata_defends_his_right_to_fudge_the_truth_.single.html