At a glance:
- Author: Jean Stafford
- First Published: 1950
- Type of Plot: Domestic realism
- Time of Work: About 1950
- Setting: Rural New England
- Characters: May, Daniel, Dr. Tellenbach
- Genres: Psychological fiction, Short fiction, Domestic realism
- Subjects: Family or family life, Rural or country life, Yards or backyards, Emotions, Sick persons
- Locales: United States, New England, North America
“A Country Love Story” focuses on a couple, May and her much older husband, Daniel—a college professor recuperating from an illness (presumably tuberculosis)—and their relationship set against the rural isolation of an old house in the country, to which they have just moved to aid in Daniel’s convalescence.
Though the story begins with emphasis on May’s and Daniel’s failure to follow through on their plan to remove an antique sleigh that stands in the yard (a symbol of both erosion and hope that resurfaces throughout the story), on their increasing...
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