In this story, Cheever takes his middle-class realism and adds an even wilder card than sci-fi; he adds a mentally unstable woman. Wronged by a terribly selfish man, she takes him Blake on a commute home from the office that he will never forget.
The Five Forty Eight by John Cheever Formidable story, 10 out of 10 After a short story with a long, strange sounding name- The Day the Pig Fell into the Well- I have read one with a much drier, restrained title The 5 48 refers to a train where most of the tense action takes place, with a kidnapping and a sort of payback involved.
Blake is the first character we meet and the hero of the tale, who is somehow abused by a woman who wants revenge. Her name is Miss Dent and what I can say in her favor is The Five Forty Eight by John Cheever Formidable story, 10 out of 10 After a short story with a long, strange sounding name- The Day the Pig Fell into the Well- I have read one with a much drier, restrained title The 5 48 refers to a train where most of the tense action takes place, with a kidnapping and a sort of payback involved.
Her name is Miss Dent and what I can say in her favor is that she does not seem to know what she is doing.
On a rainy day, Blake has a feeling that he is being followed, as he tries to catch the express, or the 5: As I think of the story, I think that it happened to me only once to be pursued by a girl, all the other times I was trying to win the attention.
Except perhaps for yet another case, involving…Miss Romania, who said she was interested in my dog- which could have been true, or perhaps a ruse. Coming back to the story, apart from the tension of having someone following a person with very probable mischievous intent, there are funny moments.
Blake associates the H bomb with being followed and the hyperbole sounds humorous…at least to this reader. The woman that seems to be out to get Blake has been working for him for a few weeks, during which she was all right.
With the exception of her hand writing that did not agree with her boss. Her voice was soft; she had been in a hospital and was thankful for the chance given to get back on her feet.
After work one day, Blake offered to buy Miss Dent a drink, but was invited to her place instead where they have sex. We gather that from the sentence- - When he put back his clothes she was weeping… I guess that it is in order to deduce from this affirmation that a close encounter of the third kind took place.
What follows seems to be a lesson in business ethics, with one simple rule that we all knew and some did not apply - Do not mix business relationships with intimate ones, shorter- do not mix business with pleasure- I guess Alas, the next day, the boss calls personnel to have the woman working for him fired and with that calling upon him a divine punishment.
She had wanted to see him, but was refused in what a Buddhist perspective might be seen as an accumulation of very bad karma.
Miss Dent decides to pay this affront back and as she says plans it in minute details, forcing the abusive man to take his own medicine. Figuratively speaking and in a different, harsher and more aggressive manner it must be said, for Blake did not use a gun. The woman takes the pay back to a different, much higher level, by coming with a revolver to force her former boss to listen to her.
She keeps saying- - I do not want to harm you - But do you trust someone pointing a gun at you?But Mrs. Compton’s dying smile and Mr. Watkins’ dirty hair did not lessen the pleasure Blake took in settling himself in an uncomfortable seat on the five-forty-eight deep underground. The Five-Forty-Eight by John Cheever, The magic trick: Creating a heightened reality by combining mundane life with an agent of extraordinary thought and action.
A couple of months back on SSMT we looked at Cheever’s story, “The Enormous Radio,” in which he combined a science-fiction element with his usual blend of middle-class realism.
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Comparing John Cheever’s The Swimmer and The Five-Forty-Eight Words 6 Pages Two stories by John Cheever, The Swimmer and The Five-Forty-Eight (), will be explored in terms of how the characters, genre and point of view in these stories give rise to classic fiction.
“The Five-Forty-Eight” is a short story written by John Cheever that was originally published in the April 10, issue of The New Yorker and later collected in The Stories of John Cheever.