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ID
b43
Title
A Threshing Day for Esther
Genre
Story
Page Count
28
Word Count
4570
Publisher
John O'London's Weekly
Publication Year
1930
Topics
Girlhood, Farming, Coming of Age

A fifteen-year-old girl becomes enchanted with a dashing man in his thirties, an expert rat-killer, storyteller, hunter and poacher. At the end of the threshing day, after receiving a kiss from him, she reflects on the long day's events; "the memory of these things filled her soul suddenly with a flood of miraculous, sublime happiness difficult to bear."

Review: Times Literary Supplement (October 1, 1931, p. 756, attached, of the 1931 edition) In John O'London's Weekly (October 11, 1930), The Black Boxer Tales (1932), Thirty Tales (1934), The Bride Comes to Evensford and Other Tales (1949), Selected Short Stories of H.E. Bates (1951), H.E. Bates (1975). Also in Capajon: Fifty-four Short Stories (London: Cape, 1933, reprinted as Capajon: Fifty-three Short Stories in 1937). Also published separately as A Threshing Day (1931).


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