ELEMENTS OF THE FRUITCAKE SPECIAL CHARACTERS THEMES *Physical S ETTING MAIN appearance versus CHARACTERS true love MORALPHYSICA L SETTING *Anna VA LUES*Amos Cosmetics, New *David Amos *importance of •Aunt Mimi *rationalityJersey integrity and and moral courage* Anna’s home self-respect*French restaurant MINOR * diligence and* Aunt Mimi’s house CHARACTERS perseverance *MommaS OCIAL SETTING *Armstrong•Middle-class urbanites *Sabina * The WaiterTIME20th century America MESSAGE •Be realistic in our expectations •Always look beyond physical appearances.
THE SYNOPSISThe Fruitcake Special is an amusing story about Anna, ascientist, who creates a perfume that has an extraordinaryeffect on men. Her boss, David Amos, is instantly smitten withher the minute he smells the perfume on Anna. Chaos ensueswhen Anna and David dine together as Anna also becomes theobject of the waiter’s affection. Anna asks her Aunt Mimi formore information about the fruitcake before coming to a deadend. Guided by his jealous girlfriend Sabina, David offers amoney-based apology to Anna, who decides to leave for a rivalcompany. Anna’s love life develops together with her career asshe is wooed by Armstrong, her local pizza delivery man, who isnow a pizza owner.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR•An Australian writer, originally a businessman.•Started to write fiction in 1983.•Died in 1995.•Wrote with his wife, Wendy Brennan under thepseudonym ‘Emma Darcy’. As a team, they wrote morethan 45 romance novels.
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CLIMA X The Fruitcake Special attracts both Mr Amos and the waiter. A fight breaks out between David, Sabina and the waiter. FALLING RISING ACTION ACTION Aunt Anna visits Mimi and Mr Amos is attracted to Anna discovers that the fruitcake was who is using the perfume and brought from an old lady who had invites her to dinner put in a special ingredient. Unfortunately the woman is now THE PLOT dead and so is the secret. EXPOSITION RESOLUTIOAnna experiments by adding a slice of N Armstrong, the owner of ‘Armstrong’sfruitcake to a mix of flowers to Peachy Pizzas’, presents Anna with flowerscreate a new perfume. and pizza and tells her that he had fallen in love with her from the very first time he delivered pizza to her.
THE CHARACTERSAnna David Aunt Momma Sabina Armstrong Waiter Amos Mimi
ANNA’S Evidence from textCharacterTraitsPractical * 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)Innovative • Tries to concoct new perfumes (p.31)Intelligent • Realizes that the fruitcake perfume had an effect on her boss (p.41)Observant • Notices that her boss prefers pretty young models (p.32) • Observes that men say one thing but mean anotherCurious • Wants to know why David suddenly finds her attractive (p.38)Determined • 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.Integrity • Anna portrayed integrity when she walked out of her job • She did this when she was insulted by her boss’ humiliating offer of compensation.
Weak ImpulsiveDAVID AMOS Superficial Not employee-friendly
DAVID AMOS’S EVIDENCE FROM TEXT Character TraitsWEAK • Is controlled by Sabina and so offers Anna money rather than apologizing properlySUPERFICIAL • 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)IMPULSIVE • 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)NOT EMPLOYEE- • Anna is afraid to tell him how she made theFRIENDLY new perfume as he might have laughed at her (p.32) • David only speaks to his employees when he has complaints (p.34)
AUNT MIMI’S Evidence from text Character TraitsWARM • Welcomes Anna’s visit even though she may have other interests at heart (p.48)GENEROUS • Always brings gifts when she visit (p.37)GOOD- • Being very concerned for Anna’s future, she wants toHEARTED find a nice husband for Anna.OBSERVANT • Tells Anna about her market experience and the people she met at the funeral (p.52)CURIOUS • Is suspicious about Anna’s sudden interest in baking. (p.49)
•The latest girlfriend of DavidMOMMA Sabina Amos •Beautiful •Anna’s mother •Snooty •Vain, Dominant, confident, •Loving and caring- still well-spoken packs meals for Anna •Condescending but is actually jealous that David asked Anna •Gets on well with Aunt out Mimi •Hot-headed- Hits David hard in the face when he proclaims love for Anna. •The pizza delivery manARMSTRONG *Like David Amos, was •Fell in love with Anna at impulsive and effusive in The Waiter first sight his words and actions after inhaling the Fruitcake •Hardworking-saved hard Special and finally bought over the pizza company he worked for * Bold – told Anna how he •Was determined to improve felt, and called her even his social and economic status before asking Anna out though she was in the restaurant with David on a date.
THEMES PHYSICAL APPEARANCE PHYSICAL APPEARANCE VS TRUE LOVE VS TRUE LOVE•Anna’s experiences with David and the waiterat the French restaurant illustrate thefragility of physical attraction or superficiallove.•Both the men are drawn to her not becauseof her own qualities but because of the‘special’ perfume she is wearing.•Fortunately Anna realizes that true love is notbased on external appearances but on genuineliking and mutual self-respect.•The man who truly loves her- Armstrong thepizza delivery man- declares his love for heronly after he has achieved success in his life.
THEMES IMPORTANCE OF INTEGRITY IMPORTANCE OF INTEGRITY AND SELF-RESPECT AND SELF-RESPECT•We should focus on a person’scharacter rather than their physicalappearance.•Anna is a person of integrity andpracticality who is truly a credit to hercompany.•Anna has dignity, pride and principlesand looks for these qualities in a futurehusband.•She finds them in Armstrong, aslightly short and balding man, but is agem compared to the superficial David.
•When Anna creates the potent perfume by chance, she does not give it to her boss immediately as she is afraid of him making fun of her. •She reveals her character and good sense of values in her actions, speech andRationality thoughts ( mental self talk)and moral •Her outrage at David’s treatment of her courage and the scene in the office with Sabina present shows her sense of dignity, pride and moral courage. •Anna’s character grows and in the end we see her willingness to accept Armstrong even though she may have higher expectations before.
•Anna’s painstaking attitude and seriousness about her work are work Diligence ethics that should be followed. and •She is creative and intelligent in thePerseveran work she is doing. ce
•Can be seen in Armstrong’s character •He is determine to be successful before he can declare his love to Anna.Determinati •From just ordinary pizza delivery on man, he turns to be the owner of the pizza restaurant. •All this displays his strong determination to be successful in life.
Honesty•Momma is honest in terms of her feelingstowards Armstrong. Even Armstrong is just apizza delivery man, she does not look down onher.•Aunt Mimi is honest in finding a husband forAnna.•Anna is an honest employee. She does not revealthe secret
•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.Acceptanc •Anna accepts the fact to let the e 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.
•It takes courage to stand up to one’s beliefs. Anna is willing to walk out ofCourag her career in Amos Cosmetics after e the event in the French restaurant. •Armstrong is courageous in asking Anna out at last. He knows his status but never gives up .