1.Anne works as a chemist at the Amos Cosmetics factory in New Jersey, USA. Her work is to design new perfumes. One day, as she is mixing flowers and other things to create a new perfume, she throws in a piece of fruitcake from her lunch. Once the perfume is made, she puts some on her hand
2.Her boss, David Amos, strangely takes notice of her and compliments her on her looks. Anna is surprised as Mr Amos usually never speaks to ordinary looking people like her. She is more taken aback when Mr Amos invites her out for dinner.
3.At home, Anna is dismayed to find that Aunt Mimi has come for a visit. Aunt Mimi is always trying to find a husband for her. She wants Anna to meet ‘the perfect boy’ that she has found for her. Anna tells them she is seeing her boss that night.
4.That night, Mr Amos does not behave in a friendly manner. Instead, he appears embarrassed and awkward. He tells Anna he is taking her to dinner as a reward for her hard work. Anna feels insulted by his behaviour. She needs to be alone and she goes to the ladies’ room. There, she sprays on the fruitcake perfume out of annoyance.
5.As Anna is walking back to the table, a waiter looks at her as if he is smitten and knocks down a table with cakes on it. At the table, Mr Amos again begins to behave strangely. ‘He looked like a dog who had just found a bone’. He calls Anna ‘darling’ and say that he is crazy about her. He even declares his love for her.
6. Anna sees Sabina, Mr Amos’s latest girlfriend. Anna is taken aback when Mr Amos confesses his love for her. Sabina hits Mr Amos in the face. Mr Amos hits the waiter who is singing to Anna. A fight ensues between Sabina, Mr Amos and the waiter. Anna leaves and goes home in a taxi.
7.The next day, Anna visits Aunt Mimi. It is Aunt Mimi who gave her the special fruitcake. Anna realises that something in the fruitcake makes men fall in love. She wants to know what is in the fruitcake Aunt Mimi tells her that she had bought in from an old lady in the market. The old lady puts ‘a special something’ that she grows herself into the cake. The cake helps those who are looking for husbands. Anna is dismayed to learn that the old lady had died ‘last week’.
8.Two days later, Anna goes to work. She is called to Mr Amos’s office. Mr Amos has a large black eye. Sabina is with him and she rudely tells Anna that ‘a rich and handsome man’ like Mr Amos could not possible love a nobody like Anna. They further insult Anna by offering her ‘a bit of money’ to forget the whole incident. In anger, Anna throws the fruitcake perfume on Sabina’s dress and leaves the office and her career at Amos Cosmetics.
9.Anna now works at another cosmetics factory. One day, she gets a surprise visit from Armstrong, the pizza delivery man who had delivered pizzas to their house two years ago when their cooker broke down. Armstrong now owns the pizza company. He confesses that he had fallen in love with her two years ago but he wanted to be a success before asking her out. Anna notices, for the first time, that Armstrong is ‘quite good-looking’.
• Physical Attraction Versus True Love• Pride and vanity• Impulsiveness May Lead To Trouble• Determination Theme
Moral Values• One Should Be Caring And Helpful• One Should Not Be Vain And Proud• One Should Take Time To Find True Love• Beauty Is Only Skin Deep
SYNOPSISAnna is a single, twenty-seven-year-old woman who works as a chemistfor a perfume factory called Amos Cosmetics factory. Her mother andaunty are always nagging her to get married. One day, her impulsivelymakes a perfume using a piece of fruitcake from her lunch. When sheuses this perfume, her rich and handsome boss show interest in her. Hetakes her out for dinner. At first, he shows boredom and disinterestbecause she is not wearing the perfume, but once she puts on theperfume, his attitude towards her changes. He falls hopelessly in lovewith her. His jealous girlfriend hits him and a fight ensues betweenAmos, his girlfriend and a waiter who is also in love with Anna. Annatries to find out the recipe for the fruitcake but is disappointed to learnthat the old lady who makes the cake is dead. Back at the office, shefeels insulted when Amos tries to offer her money to forget the wholeembarrassing incident. In anger, she splashes her whole bottlefruitcake perfume on Sabina and walks away. She quits her job at thecompany. At the end of the story, she finds true love in the from ofArmstrong, the pizza delivery man she meets two years ago.
THE END………………^^From:Onion Lee Kien Chung, Ah Siaw and Chan Lik Wai