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ID
b136
Title
"Mr. Penfold."
Genre
Story
Page Count
20
Word Count
4670
Publisher
Harper's Magazine
John O'London's Weekly
Publication Year
1940
Topics
Motherhood, Loneliness, Daughters

A "painfully shy, retreating" traveling draper and haberdasher calls weekly, over a period of years, on a war-widow and her daughter, but is incapable of forming a romantic bond with either. In Harper's Magazine (January 1940), John O'London's Weekly (January 19, 1940), The Beauty of the Dead and Other Stories (1940), Thirty-One Selected Tales (1947), Selected Short Stories of H.E. Bates (1951), Selected Stories (1957), The Good Corn and Other Stories (1974).