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ID
b88
Title
Little Fish
Genre
Story
Page Count
9
Word Count
1880
Publisher
John O'London's Weekly
Publication Year
1935
Topics
Education, Fathers


A boy observes his father, a schoolteacher, normally a man 'glaring, snapping, terrifying everyone in spasms of half-theatrical anger' become in the presence of a school administrator furtive and apprehensive, 'filled with an increasing and almost pathetic desire to be noticed, to attract the attention of the big man in the corner'. Reflective of Bates's negative experiences of education and of certain male teachers, this tale shares certain characteristics with Jonah and Bruno as well as with Bates's many coming-of-age stories. In John O'London's Weekly (March 2, 1935), Cut and Come Again (1935), Country Tales (1938),Country Tales(1940).