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The Painted Door
Transcript of The Painted Door
Theme & Author Details
Hard working, committed
Very loving, although it is hard to tell.
Would do anything for Ann.
Is naively proud of Ann.
Content with the way his life carries on- satisfied.
Somewhat takes Ann for granted.
Doesnt show love in the right way.
Has no guilt, compassion, nor feeling for the situation and it does not affect him.
Can't do the chores around his farm himself
Always show people you care about them because you never know how they're feeling or what may happen.
Be mindful of what you have and don't get greedy.
"Don't make decisions when you are mad and don't make promises when you are happy"; Don't make rash choices based on your current emotion
About the author
Author: James Sinclair Ross, took on the name Sinclair Ross as a writer.
Born Jan 22 1908
Canadian banker and author
Born on a homestead near Shell brook, Saskatchewan.
Parents separated when he was 7.
Lived on a number of farms during his childhood.
Left school in grade 11
Moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1933 and Quebec in 46.
Four years in Canadian army during WW11
Retired in 68, spent time in Spain in Greece until he died in 1996 of parkinson's disease.
After death discovery he was homosexual.
Monumental sculpture of him in Indian head where he was buried.
By: James Sinclair Ross
John was the one who had made his best friend, Steven promise to keep his wife company and he ends up sleeping with her
Painting the door was a way to keep busy while John was gone and then when she finds John he has a smear of paint on his hand.
Steven says to Ann, "...across the hills in a storm like this- it would be suicide to try."
Summary of The Painted Door
Ann and her husband, John live out on an isolated farm in the countryside. The story takes place in the middle of winter.
Although he has knowledge of the bad storm that is to come, John must set out on a ten mile journey to help his elderly father with the chores.
Ann doesn't want him to go, but he must do so anyways- promising that he will be back as he always is.
John says he will send his best friend, Steven over to keep Ann company- although she says she will just paint the door, he insists anyways.
After waiting, she thinks nobody is coming so tries to do the chores herself so that she won't be to blame if the animals suffer.
Unsuccessful and cold, Steven finally shows up to help and warm her up aswell.
They have dinner, play cards, and talk and Ann feels a sense of guilt due to an un-expected attraction to Steven.
Steven convinces Ann that John is not going to even attempt to journey home as the storm is too bad. Ann tries to convince herself of this too.
Ann ends up sleeping with Steven.
John is found frozen to death the next day on his way home to Ann.
(Foreshadowing, Repetition, Imagery, Irony, Personification, Symbolism)
Before Steven even arrives at Ann's house, she finds herself comparing him and John in both their physical features and overall character. She also asks John to shave because Steven will be shaved. This foreshadows the way she finds herself attracted to Steven, thinking even for a split second he might be what she needs. The way she asks John to shave also told me that she wants something to make John more appealing, perhaps so that she will be able to think of anything positive to stop herself from cheating on him. Much like the way she tries to remind herself and Steven that John always comes home for her.
Ann looks at the door and Steven says, "Not tonight, you might as well make up your mind." This foreshadows them sleeping together, putting a double meaning to what she has to make up her mind about.
Steven tells Ann, "Across the hills in a storm like this- it would be suicide to try." This foreshadows John's death.
"Her movements become precise, deliverate, her posture self-conscious, as if someone had entered the room"
The painted door: In my opinion the painted door can
be a symbol for a few different things in this story. In one
sense, it starts off as a way to distract herself from thinking about how lonely she is without John, and by the end of it, it ends up being a symbol of her guilt- when she finds the paint smeared on John's hand while he's frozen to death. In another sense, the painted door is a symbol of their cracking relationship. As she paints it she says, "There- like another coat of paint would fix it anyways."
The game of cards represents the situation between Ann and Steven. Steven is very nonchalant about it- it is just a game to him. To Ann, it is her life and she doesn't quite know how to play it; hence the hesitation and distraction from the actual game of cards.
The constant mention of the fire and storm is symbolizing the conflict in herself about her feelings. The fire is temporary and keeps her safe and warm while the storm hits, which in this case is Steven. The mention of the storm is referencing to John, and perhaps the cold feeling she has thought to be experiencing from him. Yet she day dreams about spring, where she will no longer need the fire, meaning Steven is only a temporary asset when there is a problem.
Talking about spring: "Windows open, sun and thawing earth again, the urge of growing, living things."
"The fire crackled. The clock ticked."
"She went to the window, and thawing a clear place in the frost with her breath, stood looking across the snow swept farm yard to the huddle of the stables and sheds.
"In the clearm bitter light the long white miles of prairie landscape seemed a region alien to life. Even the distant farmsteads she could see served only to intensify a sense of isolation."
"Silence weighing upon her lurking outside as if alive"
"Across the drifts sped swift and snakelike little tongues of snow."
"It was as if all across the yard the snow were shivering awake- roused by the warning of the wind to hold itself in readiness for the impending storm. The sky had become a sombre, whitish grey. It, too as if in readiness, had shifted and lay close to the earth. Before her as she watched a mane of powdery snow reared up breast-high against the darker background of the stable, tossed for a moment angrily, and then subsided again as if whipped down to obedience and restraint. But another followed, more reckless and impatient than the first. Another reeled and fashed itself against the window where she watched. Then omniously for a while there were only the angry little snakes of snow.
All throughout the story it repeats the same line, "The fire crackled, and the clock ticked."
Ann is John's wife
She is somewhat selfish.
She is very lonely and insecure
Takes things for granted
Wants to have fun and act as if they are young still.