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My reactions to "The Bolt of White Cloth" and " Apartment hunting".

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Introduction

´╗┐Initial reaction A Bolt of White Cloth Judging by the title ?A Bolt of White Cloth? I feel that this story will revolve around this cloth and it will symbolize something important about life. I don?t see this story going anywhere interesting and I don?t think I will enjoy it. I feel that this story will be too bland and too descriptive. The initial conflict happens very quickly and is on the first page. The mysterious old man is willing to give away his white cloth only on the condition that the couple will continue loving each other in the future. I think the old man is trying to renew profound values (that many people forget over time) to this young couple. One part that struck me, in the small caption that I read, was when the old man declared, in the sentence at the bottom on the first page, ?You can only buy my cloth with love,? he said. This was a striking line because items in life now revolve around money, and this man clams that in order to acquire this cloth all you need to do is to love. ...read more.

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My wife let her arms drop. We looked at him, wondering how he knew about the cat. Another line that goes indebt into the mans mysterious powers is on page 441 The cloth was sheared clear and clean of his blot, yet it seemed to me the size of that bolt hadn?t lessened any. My wife saw it too. / ?he?s got cloth for all eternity,? she said. ?He could unroll that cloth till doomsday? In this story I believe that the cloth symbolizes the bond between the couple and I also think that the cloth symbolizes love as well. The man says on page 444 ?should you ever stop loving,? he said, ?you shall lose this cloth and all else. You shall wake up one morning and it and all else will no longer be where you left it. It will all be gone and you will not know where you are. You will not know what to do with yourself. You will wish you?d never been born. ...read more.

Conclusion

I liked how the authors Harvey and Audrey Bilker had you guessing what was going to happen right to the end. I felt that the story was well written, and the way it was presented, got my attention immediately. Within a few paragraphs, the story went from a two people looking for an apartment, to two people ready to kill another person to get an apartment. I wondered what kind of society this was, and I was surprised to find near the end that it was based in America. It is obvious that the author is trying to make a point about where society is possibly heading, and how society could turn out in the future. The whole story was outrageous, but that is what I enjoyed about it. It had me wondering from the beginning ?Where is this story going?? Obviously, it kept my interest, and kept me reading. The author took an everyday event like looking for an apartment, and made a statement about over-population and radical bureaucracy. After reading the story, I realized that the tile was not so much about looking for an apartment, but rather about ?hunting?. I thought it was a clever title, but only after I read the story. ...read more.

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