The plot of "Our Lady's Juggler," also known as "Le Jongleur de Notre Dame" and "The Juggler of Notre Dame," concerns a street juggler who converted to monkhood. Having no other gift to give, he performs before a statue of the Virgin Mary. Other monks accuse him of blasphemy until the statue awakens, descends from the altar and blesses the juggler.Know More
The beginning of the story describes the hard life of a juggler who wanders from town to town, often hungry and exposed to the elements. He meets a monk who assures him that a monk's calling is the greatest in the world. The juggler becomes a monk, but soon, he becomes despondent, as he feels he does not have the skills necessary to properly worship the Virgin Mary. The juggler's sorrow deepens until he wakes up one morning and joyously goes into the chapel alone and stays for more than one hour. Each day, the juggler spends time alone in the chapel and emerges refreshed. One day, the prior of the monastery and two brothers enter the chapel to see what the juggler is doing, and they catch him juggling before the statue. Though at first they think it is sacrilege, when they realize he is being blessed, they bow down to the floor.
"Le Jongleur de Notre Dame" was first published in 1892. In 1921, Anatole France received the Nobel Prize for literature.Learn more about Literature
T.C. Boyle's short story "The Greasy Lake" can be summarized as the story of three young men who have a fantasy about being "bad" boys, only to have things go horribly wrong. All of them are 19 years old, and one night they head up to Greasy Lake to have a thrill at the end of the evening before going home, and they encounter a "bad greasy character."Full Answer >
"The Lady or the Tiger?" is a short story by Frank Stockton that tells of an unusual punishment imposed by a semi-barbaric king in which the accused must choose between two doors. Behind one door is a maiden and behind the other is a tiger. The protagonist is the lover of the princess. Knowing what lies behind the doors, she signals to him which door to open.Full Answer >
In the short story "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allen Poe, the narrator, Montresor, wreaks vengeance on another man, Fortunato, by luring him deep into wine vaults on the pretext of testing a cask of wine that he claims is Amontillado, a type of Spanish sherry. After shackling Fortunato in a crypt, Montresor uses brick and mortar to build a wall across the passage, sealing Fortunato inside.Full Answer >
In literature, a linear plot begins at a certain point, moves through a series of events to a climax and then ends up at another point. Also known as the plot structure of Aristotle, it is possible to represent a linear plot line with the drawing of an arc. The primary advantage of using a linear plot is that the reader knows, or at least has an idea, of where the plot goes next, and the reader is guaranteed to get a beginning and ending.Full Answer >