Five stories

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Judy Richardson Cox (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Robert Watson

Abstract: Jeanie stared at the wax figure of Mary Ann Lafferty laid out in a blue satin lined coffin across the room. The body reminded her of a wax, darkly flesh-colored hand that some boy had shown her when she was ten, saying that it had been his grandfather's which he'd kept as a "remembrance." She remembered shuddering with disgust at touching the hand that had looked so real, yet so cold and so very, very impersonal. Even though she had known that the touch of it was too waxen and smooth to be real, she had felt nauseated at the idea of it. (That's why she had refused to save her tonsils, to preserve them in a jar like pickles.) Now she was imagining that Laff was a wax doll up there, and not the real thing at all - just like the hand. Someone had slipped the wax doll into the coffin, fooling them all. It was some kind of a joke to prove the little girl - though four years older now- to be still naive, still frightened at the lack of warmth in death.

Additional Information

Honors Project
Language: English
Date: 1966

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