‘The Kiss’ by Kate Chopin: Summary and Analysis

 

By Dr Oliver Tearle

‘The Kiss’ is a short story by the American writer Kate Chopin (1850-1904), written in a single day (19 September 1894) and published in Vogue magazine the following June. (Chopin was paid just $10 for the story.) ‘The Kiss’ is about a woman who is passionately attracted to one man but who wishes to marry another, who is a millionaire; one day, the man she loves kisses her in full view of the wealthy man she wants to marry. Continue reading “‘The Kiss’ by Kate Chopin: Summary and Analysis”

‘The Devoted Friend’ by Oscar Wilde: Summary and Analysis

 

By Dr Oliver Tearle

‘The Devoted Friend’ is one of the fairy tales for children written by the Irish author Oscar Wilde (1854-1900). It was published in the 1888 collection The Happy Prince and Other Tales. ‘The Devoted Friend’ is about a Miller named Hugh, who professes to be devoted to his friend Hans, but in actual fact he uses Hans and insists on his performing endless favours for him without Hugh giving anything back in return. Continue reading “‘The Devoted Friend’ by Oscar Wilde: Summary and Analysis”

The Meaning and Origin of ‘Ye Cannot Serve God and Mammon’

 

By Dr Oliver Tearle

‘Ye cannot serve God and mammon’. This is one of many famous Bible quotations. Indeed, it is one of many famous quotations from the New Testament. More specifically, it is one of many famous quotations from a single moment in the New Testament: the Sermon on the Mount. Continue reading “The Meaning and Origin of ‘Ye Cannot Serve God and Mammon’”