Week 9 Response

The essay I chose to respond to today is called “The General and Me” by Sue Ellis. It is from the current issue of Prick of the Spindle (http://www.prickofthespindle.com/nonfiction/6.1/ellis/ellis.htm). Ellis tells a brief story about her experiences delivering the mail to an old man who lived alone in an old cottage. The General was an alcoholic and drank rubbing alcohol after asking Ellis to buy it for him (but he told her it was for something else). She found him the next day, temporarily paralyzed, when she delivered a letter to him. Ellis says that she stopped delivering mail a few months later and she never saw him again.

This is really a sad story, especially if you consider that the General (I assume) is a military veteran, and he ends up alone and miserable to the point that he drinks rubbing alcohol. His sister seems to be the only one who cares about him. This is a very brief story, but it resonates deeply.

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1 Comment

  1. Sue Ellis

    Thank you for the comments on my essay. Actually, General was a name locals came up with for the old man, comparing his drunken behavior to that of the more famous General Grant. I don’t beleive he had a military background. So glad you liked the story–that I managed to convey the poignancy of his solitary life.

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