Frank Brennan hails from the North West ofEngland and is a graduate of the University ofWales. He was an actor and writer in a theatregroup for schools and has taught English andDrama in secondary schools both in the UKand in Singapore. He has experienced editingbooks of short stories and plays. He haspublished original short stories and plays andwritten literature guide books for secondarystudents. Currently, he is working on a newcollection of short stories. His interests includemusic, especially jazz and roots music, andhistory.
Anna works as a chemist at Amos Cosmetics Factory, USA.She designs perfume for the company.One day, she mixes some fruitcake that her mum has packedfor lunch, into her usual mix of flowers and things and comesup with a new perfume.She dabs some on the back of her hand. Strange thingsbegin to happen.David Amos, her boss, asks her for a date.The waiter at the French restaurant falls in love with her.Mr. Amos declares his love for her.Sabina, Amos and the waiter get into a fight.Anna runs out of the restaurant and catches a taxi home.Anna tries to find out the secret recipe from Aunt Mimi.She finds out the lady who keeps the recipe has passedaway.She goes back to work after two days.Anna goes to Mr. Amos’s office and finds him with SabinaAnna reaches into her handbag and throws the fruitcakespecial at Sabina and walks out of the room, and AmosCosmetics.Armstrong, the pizza delivery boy, declares his love for Anna
Anna works in Amos Cosmetics Factory, USAShe is a chemist and she designs perfume for the company
One day, Anna mixes some fruitcake that her mum has packedfor lunch into the perfumeStrange things begin to happen- 1. Mr Amos asks Anna for a date 2. The waiter in the restaurant falls in love with Anna.Mr Amos declares his love for Anna.
A fight takes place in the restaurant between thewaiter and David Amos and ends with Sabina punching Mr Amos. Anna leaves the restaurant in a hurry.
Physical attraction/superficial love versus true love Integrity/self-respect The influence of the supernatural is not desirable Fulfilling family obligations to marriage
Diction (the choice of words used in the story)Lighthearted/ humorous - …he smiled until I thought his face would break intotwoCasual – use of slang e.g. momma, guyuse of clichés (overused expressions) e.g. I’m crazy about you; You are sobeautifulsimple vocabulary; short dialogues; lots of exclamation marks (!); unfinishedsentences (…); use of italics (darling) to show emphasis and unexpected surpriseAmerican – boss
SimileThe story has several interesting and funny similes e.g. he lookedlike a dog who had just found a bone; mouths wide open like a coupleof fish, etc.Stereotypes– e.g. pretty young models; rich and handsome employer;Slapstick comedye.g. ridiculous behavior of singing waiter; silly fightsImageryThe fruitcake ingredient makes the sophisticated perfume smell like aglorious mix of all natural, delicious, inviting and warm smells (likefresh bread and flowers and sunshine all mixed together).