THEMES *Physical appearance versus true love *importance of integrity and self-respect
Be realistic in our expectations
Always look beyond physical appearances .
MORAL VALUES * rationality and moral courage * diligence and perseverance
THE SYNOPSIS The Fruitcake Special is an amusing story about Anna, a scientist, who creates a perfume that has an extraordinary effect on men. Her boss, David Amos, is instantly smitten with her the minute he smells the perfume on Anna. Chaos ensues when Anna and David dine together as Anna also becomes the object of the waiter’s affection. Anna asks her Aunt Mimi for more information about the fruitcake before coming to a dead end. Guided by his jealous girlfriend Sabina, David offers a money-based apology to Anna, who decides to leave for a rival company. Anna’s love life develops together with her career as she is wooed by Armstrong, her local pizza delivery man, who is now a pizza owner.
Wrote with his wife, Wendy Brennan under the pseudonym ‘Emma Darcy’. As a team, they wrote more than 45 romance novels.
CHARACTER S THE FRUITCAKE SPECIAL SETTING THEME S MORAL VALUES Inner beauty vs outer beauty True love can do wonders Determination Honesty Courage Acceptance Rationality Lesson Learnt Try out new ways and experiment Maintain dignity when being insulted New does not mean better Some secrets are better left buried. Nobody is perfect. ANNA DAVID AMOS AUNT MIMI MOMMA ARMSTRONG SABINA THE WAITER Aunt Mimi’s apartment Anna’s home Amos Cosmetics factory The French Restaurant
Anna experiments by adding a slice of fruitcake to a mix of flowers to create a new perfume . EXPOSITION Mr Amos is attracted to Anna who is using the perfume and invites her to dinner RISING ACTION The Fruitcake Special attracts both Mr Amos and the waiter. A fight breaks out between David, Sabina and the waiter. CLIMAX Anna visits Aunt Mimi and discovers that the fruitcake was brought from an old lady who had put in a special ingredient. Unfortunately the woman is now dead and so is the secret. FALLING ACTION Armstrong, the owner of ‘Armstrong’s Peachy Pizzas’, presents Anna with flowers and pizza and tells her that he had fallen in love with her from the very first time he delivered pizza to her. RESOLUTION THE PLOT
Anna David Amos Aunt Mimi Sabina Waiter Momma THE CHARACTERS Armstrong
ANNA CURIOUS INTELLIGENT OBSERVANT PRACTICAL INNOVATIVE INTEGRITY SENSIBLE DETERMINED
ANNA’S Character Traits Evidence from text Practical * thinks her new invention smells nice but nothing more (p.32) * uses the same handbag she does for work on her date with David (p.38) Sensible
Knows she is an ordinary-looking girl and is not actually David’s type (p.34)
Reminds the waiter to serve the lobster instead of being silly (p.43)
Realizes the effect of the perfume on the waiter and ensures she does not walk by other men (p.44)
Tries to concoct new perfumes (p.31)
Realizes that the fruitcake perfume had an effect on her boss (p.41)
Notices that her boss prefers pretty young models (p.32)
Observes that men say one thing but mean another
Wants to know why David suddenly finds her attractive (p.38)
Anna was determined to design good perfumes
When she knew the effect of ‘ the fruitcake special’ on men , she stayed at home to find out the truth about the fruitcake given by Aunt Mimi.
Anna portrayed integrity when she walked out of her job
She did this when she was insulted by her boss’ humiliating offer of compensation.
DAVID AMOS Weak Impulsive Superficial Not employee-friendly
DAVID AMOS’S Character Traits EVIDENCE FROM TEXT WEAK
Is controlled by Sabina and so offers Anna money rather than apologizing properly
Prefers the company of beautiful young models (p.34)
Looks at Anna’s body instead of her face when she returns to the table (p.41)
Is flabbergasted when the waiter starts singing very loudly, so he hit the waiter.
Feebly explains to Anna that they would not be a good match, unlike him and Sabina (p.56)
Anna is afraid to tell him how she made the new perfume as he might have laughed at her (p.32)
David only speaks to his employees when he has complaints (p.34)
Hot-headed- Hits David hard in the face when he proclaims love for Anna.
The pizza delivery man
Fell in love with Anna at first sight
Hardworking-saved hard and finally bought over the pizza company he worked for
Was determined to improve his social and economic status before asking Anna out
The Waiter * Like David Amos, was impulsive and effusive in his words and actions after inhaling the Fruitcake Special * Bold – told Anna how he felt, and called her even though she was in the restaurant with David on a date .
Armstrong accepts Anna for who she is. He also able to accept his own weaknesses and work to improve on them until he becomes successful.
Anna accepts the fact to let the secret of the fruitcake special “lie buried” with the old woman who has died. She never pursues the matter although she was persistent in finding out the truth about it.