Winter 1996 • Vol. XVIII No. 1 Kenyon Review Classics |

Venus, Cupid, Folly and Time

                From the Spring 1958 issue.    Their house alone would not have made you think there was anything so awfully wrong with Mr. Dorset or his old maid sister. But certain things about the way both of them dressed had, for a long time, annoyed and disturbed everyone. We used to see them together at the grocery store, for instance, or even in one of the big department stores downtown, wearing their bedroom slippers. Looking more closely we would sometimes see the cuff of a pyjama top or the hem of a hitched up nightgown showing from underneath their ordinary daytime clothes. Such slovenliness in one's neighbors is so unpleasant that even husbands and wives in West Vesey Place, which was the street where the Dorsets lived, had got so they didn't like to joke about it with each other. Were the Dorsets, poor old things, losing their minds? If so, what was to be done about it? Some neighbors got so they would not even admit to themselv

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U.S. short-story writer, novelist, and playwright Peter Taylor (1917-1994) focused his works in the urban South. He taught at Kenyon College and the University of Virginia after studying under critics Allen Tate and John Crowe Ransom. His novel A Summons to Memphis (1986) won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and his collection The Old Forest and Other Stories (1985) won the PEN/Faulkner Award. He is best known for his short stories which mainly take place in contemporary Tennessee.

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