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ID
b302
Title
"The Chords of Youth."
Genre
Novella
Page Count
43
Word Count
11900
Publication Year
1968
Document Types
Comic Fiction
First-Person Narratives
Topics
Germany

Bates revives the character of Aunt Leonora (introduced in the 1965 story "The Picnic") in this comic novella in which she entertains a visiting German, mistaking him for an old flame. Linguistic confusion, abundant food and wine, and a pompous English bureaucrat contribute to the humor. In The Four Beauties (1968), A Month by the Lake & Other Stories (1987).