Sunday, June 9, 2013

"The Villager"

"The Villager"
from The Lottery and Other Stories, by Shirley Jackson

Conk-pew... conk-pew...

That is a rough approximation of the "fake sleep"/"zzzzz" sound we used to make as kids when we were pretending to be asleep in such a way as to make it obvious that we were pretending-- or possibly to indicate a truly dire level of boredom, as in this instance. 

I'm sorry, but it was a real snoozer. 
I get it-- I can even identify and sympathize with the woman, though I'd never take it so far as pretending to be another person-- but still... snoozer. 

...I don't know...  I'm being harsh.  But... conk-pew!