A Matter Of Scope

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“It was never a matter of reach, but of scope,” Morris mouthed the words around his pipe.

Ethel harrumphed under her breath, but gently. She had to take care to not move the petals or she would have to restart the lot, and there was nothing she disliked more than having to redo tediousness. Be it in business or in marriage.

“Cannot see what you find in him,” her mother had criticized her daughter’s choice of man.

“Perhaps we look at him through the wrong end of the long telescope of Time,” her father had chuckled in knifing disapproval.

“Too long a telescope it must be,” her mother had deadpanned.

Her parents were both gone now. To the shorter end of cholera. Left Ethel and Morris the house. And a failing botany business which they were slowly but assuredly pressing into sought after art.

 

 

Prosery quote: ‘We look at him through the wrong end of the long telescope of Time’ (Hummingbird, D.H. Lawrence)

For the dVerse prosery challenge

 

35 thoughts on “A Matter Of Scope

  1. There’s a lot in this, could be the start of a very interesting longer story. I love the phrases: ‘there was nothing she disliked more than having to redo tediousness. Be it in business or in marriage.’ and the disapproving parents!

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  2. I like the way Ethel juxtaposes business and marriage, Na’ama, through the petals and the thought that ‘there was nothing she disliked more than having to redo tediousness’. It’s interesting that her parents weren’t keen on Morris, but left their house and business to them.

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    • Yeah, I think she’s a bit of a practical woman, perhaps not seeking too much excitement but not necessarily enjoying the details of tedium that stability requires … 😉 Glad you liked it! As for her parents, I think she might’ve been an only child, and therefore the house and business were passed to her when both parents died … Or, her parents, while critical and unkind, still cared about her in their own way … 😉

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  3. It all comes down to perspective doesn’t it? I love how you describe the complexities of human nature and how it takes time to truly appreciate and know someone. 🙂

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