These notes are not intended as a substitute for reading the literary work. They're just a guide. They can never be exhaustive, and your own interpretation of the story will be quite different. This guide contains summaries, commentaries, and brief critical notes on characters; please use them as ...
These notes are not intended as a substitute for reading the literary work. They're just a guide. They can never be exhaustive, and your own interpretation of the story will be quite different. This guide contains summaries, commentaries, and brief critical notes on characters; please use them as reference before, during, and after your reading.
It's simple and banal to throw in a few characters here and there, and make them do something, say something, and hope to come up with an irresistible story. A story must have a meaning. People, ordinary or not, are not always motivated by ideals. For the most part, we all know what we want and what we don't. But we cannot always come up with answers for what lies beneath our actions. Pressure, social or not, makes us believe that there's always something better somewhere else. Distractions are often the prelude to destruction. Humans are often irrational, and no science can explain why. How can we prevent misunderstandings which could possibly lead to bad choices and even tragedy? This short story is not an essay on human understanding. The plot is simple. It depicts good and evil. It depict lies, desires, sexual choices, friendship, family values, and ultimately, in a drastic way, self-analysis. It ends with courage; what's done cannot be undone, and someone must pay the price.
Olga, a law student living with her parents, meets Gail at a photo shoot of her younger sister Nadia, who's dreaming on becoming a super model. Gail is a makeup artist; she lives with her boyfriend Guy, who works for an iron gate company. After a welding accident, Guy is rushed to the hospital; luckily he recovers, but he loses both eyes. Gail falls in love with Olga and she's no longer interested in Guy. During a trip to the mountains, Guy is brutally murdered. Nadia is lodging with friends in a cabin nearby and witnesses the murder. Gail becomes aware of the inconvenient witness and asks Olga to get rid of her sister.
I would like to impress you with my numerous achievements, brilliant titles, stunts, and education background. I have no education, hopefully that will not displease you. I have no titles. And most of my achievements are, to my eyes, quite distasteful. Yeah, I forgot, English is not even my first language. Child labor has never been an issue in my family, so I went to work at age 13. I've been a movie projectionist, I restored ancient books from the Venice flood, I sold real estate, I worked in a Chamber of Commerce, I worked in resorts, hotels, restaurants, and on and on and on. I had a brief 5-year stint in the military where I learned how to read. After that I traveled a bit and learned a couple words in a few languages. Now I'm a pilot, I like planes. Now I can even write a little. I love stories, but I like to be in the middle of them. I am the main character, more or less, of my own stories; hopefully you will not find it suffocating.