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.
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
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 >
The plot that is contained within a short story is the reason why the characters in the short story do the things that they do. It is a sequence of casual events that occur that are able to answer the questions about why the characters make the decisions they make and do their physical actions.Full Answer >
A circular plot structure is one in which story nodes are connected to other ones in a circle. Each node is connected to only one other story node, and the nodes are always visited in the same order.Full Answer >