Story Title: ‘An Experiment’ by Natasha Tripney
Collection/Anthology?: Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology 3 (Bristol Review of Books Ltd.)
Date Read: 13rd June 2011
Briefly: Awaiting in her sparsely decorated surroundings, Cecilia listens in on the familiar sounds which emanate from the study/parlour below. She awaits the arrival of Mrs. Thwaite who will accompany her to that room. It’s the one she knows so well. It’s the one which contains Mr. Hardy, and his small assemblage of guests.
Afterthoughts: I rather enjoyed this story from this London-based writer, which has something of an element of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion to it. I would say that it’s a somewhat enigmatic tale but it’s a very well written one. It’s very lyrical in parts, and Tripney uses the obvious skill that she has in ‘painting’ tension, to great effect.
This story was read as part of a review of the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology, Volume 3. If you want to find out more about this anthology then I invite you to head on over and read my ‘forethoughts’ post, and/or visit the the Bristol Short Story Prize website.