QWERTYUIOP-SETTING , CHARACTERS, THEMES AND MORAL VALUESQWERTYUIOP by Vivien Alcock -top letters on keyboard, the longest word from this word is typewriterSYNOPSISThe story QWERTY tells of how an underestimated secretary fights with an ex-secretary who still thinksthat she works there and haunts the typewriter. Lucy Beck is as strong willed as Miss Broome, the ex-secretary, to hold on to the job for Ross and Bannister’s. Miss Broom haunts the typewriter and frightensanyone who uses it with the word QWERTYUIOP and others. Lucy manages to overcome the problem andsends Miss Broome away with a new task which is to help the late Mr Bannister up there.THEMES Determination Letting go Strong willMORAL VALUES If we want something, we must work to make it a reality. We must know when to let go of something if it is not ours anymore.SETTINGThe story revolves around two main settings: Lucy’s house which she shares with her mother and her UncleBert, and the office of Ross and Bannister’s where Lucy works as a secretary.CHARACTERSLucy BeckShe is a young, shy and insecure graduate of secretarial studies. She is dissatisfied with her current life and isdetermined to improve it. She obtains a position with Ross and Bannister’s, only to find that the position comeswith a chilling secret.Ghost of Ms. BroomeShe was the previous employee of Ross and Bannister’s. She is unwilling to let go of her position and continuesto defend her post, even after her demise.Lucy’s motherA housewife who lives a hard life. She has to support her brother.Uncle BertDepends on his sister for support. He is also a drunkard.Harry DarkeRoss and Bannister’s handyman. He is an old man who has been working with the company for years.Mr. RossThe younger partner of the company.THEMESPossible themes that can be found in the short story are determination, possessiveness, loyalty, loneliness,commitment, the supernatural, and compassion.DETERMINATION:Despite the supernatural nature by which Ms. Broome badgers and demoralises Lucy, she shows no signs ofgiving in to her demand. Instead, she is steadfast in defending her position as the secretary.POSSESIVENESS:Not even death could part Ms. Broome from what she feels is rightfully hers. She continues to haunt the officethrough her electronic typewriter.LOYALTY:As with her possesiveness towards her job, Ms. Broome was also extremely loyal towards Mr. Bannister. Evenafter she passed on, her spirit continued in its endeavour to serve her employer.
LONELINESS:Loneliness can be a strong influence in a person’s life. Ms. Broome had no life outside of her office. That madeher more possesive of her position in the company; a possesiveness that went beyond the grave.COMMITMENT:This attribute can be clearly seen in both Lucy and Ms. Broome. Both are extremely committed to theirprofession.THE SUPERNATURAL:It is interesting that such an integral character in the story happens to be an ethereal entity. Yet this theme israther prominent in the story.COMPASSION:This theme holds water especially in the final confrontation between Lucy and Ms. Broome. It is not throughhatred nor coercion that Lucy manages to outsmart Ms. Broome, rather, it was through compassion andunderstanding of Ms. Broome’s intentions.MORAL VALUES• Do not judge a person merely through credentials or qualifications• We must be committed and responsible to our vocation or profession• We must value our family.THE FRUITCAKE SPECIAL by Frank BrennanSYNOPSISThe Fruitcake Special is the story if the effects of a perfume on men. It was accidentally created by Anna, achemist who woks at New Jersey. When Mr Amos senses the perfume worn by Anna, he feels he is in lovewith Anna and so invites her out for dinner. He does not behave like a man in love and Anna is surprisedand upset. When she dabs the Fruitcake perfume again, Mr Amos and a waiter become attracted to her andboth make declarations of love to her. The situation becomes chaotic when a fight ensues between two men.Anna leaves the restaurant and the factory and ends up with Armstrong, the pizza boy.THEMES Illusion vs Reality Be realistic in life Appearances can be misleading
MORAL VALUES We should not fall for physical appearance. We must not be too proud of our looks. We must not look down at other people.PLOT EXPOSITION – Anna accidentally creates a Fruitcake perfume and dabs on it. Mr Amos becomes attracted to her when he gets near her. Anna is very surprise with this sudden interest. CONFLICT – During dinner, Mr Amos does not show his interest as he was in the morning. Anna dabs on the Fruitcake perfume in the ladies room. CLIMAX – Mr Amos suddenly becomes interested in Anna and makes declarations of love to her. A waiter also does silly things to attract Anna’s attention.. A fight starts between Mr Amos, the waiter and Sabrina, Mr Amos’ girlfriend. Anna realises it is the effects of the fruitcake perfume. FALLING ACTION – Anna wants to find the ‘special something’ in the fruitcake but is unable to as the woman who sold the fruitcake has already dead. RESOLUTION – Anna quits her job from Amos Cosmetics and she settles for the pizza delivery man, Armstrong, who has his own pizza company.CHARACTERS Main characters 1. Anna, the narrator 2. David Amos, owner of Amos Cosmetics Minor characters 1. Narrator’s mother 2. Narrator’s Aunt Mimi 3. Waiter at restaurant 4. Sabina, David Amos’ girlfriend 5. Armstrong, the pizza delivery manPOINT OF VIEW First person point of viewTONE, MOOD, ATMOSPHERE Light-hearted and humorous Comedic and entertainingLANGUAGE AND STYLE Simple and easy to understand the language