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The Fruitcake Special
Transcript of The Fruitcake Special
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PHYSICAL ATTRACTION vs TRUE LOVE
The Fruitcake Special
Short Story Form 4
The Fruitcake Special
Anna, a chemist who works at the Amos cosmetics factory in New Jersey, USA is trying to discover a new perfume. One day she mixes a slice of the fruitcake given by her Aunt Mimi into a mixture of flowers. It smells wonderful so she tried it on her. Not too long, her boss, David Amos who is a handsome English guy who had never said any nice thing to ordinary girl like her asked her out for dinner with him.
Anna later found out more about the fruitcake from her Aunt Mimi and realized that it was made by an old woman who had just passed away. Later David apologized and offered Anna a raise as compensation. Anna feels insulted and quit her job. Then, the pizza man appears at her door with pizza and a box of flowers. He is now the owner of his pizza company. Anna decides to go out with him.
Short Story Form 4
Anna`s experience with David and the waiter at the French restaurant illustrate the fragility of physical attraction / superficial love.
Both the men are dawn to her not because of her own qualities but because of the `special’ perfume she is wearing
Fortunately Anna realize that the true love is not based on the external appearances but on genuine liking and mutual self-respecting
The man who truly love her is Armstrong – The pizza delivery man – declares his love for her only after he achieved success in life
IMPORTANCE OF INTEGRITY & SELF-RESPECT
We should focus on a person`s character rather than their physical appearance.
Anna is a person of integrity & practically who is truly a credit to her company. When she joins a rival company due to David`s actions, it is a loss to Amos Cosmetics.
1-(EXPOSITION) Anna experiments by adding a slice of fruitcake to a mix of flowers to create a new perfume
2-(RISNG ACTION)Mr Amos is attracted to Anna who is using the perfume and invites her to dinner
3-(CLIMAX) The Fruitcake Special attracts both Mr Amos and the waiter. A fight breaks out between David, Sabrina and the waiter.
4-(RESOLUTION) Armstrong, the owner of Armstrong`s Peachy Pizzas’, tells her that he had fallen in love with her from the every first time he delivered pizza to her.
5-(FALLING ACTION) Anna visits Aunt Mimi and discovers that the fruitcakes were bought from an old woman who had put in special ingredients. Unfortunately the woman is now dead and so is the secret.
2- David Amos
3- Aunt Mimi
1-Single 27-yers-old chemist
3-Practical and Sensible
4-Innovative and Intelligent
5-Observant and Perceptive
Characters- DAVID AMOS
1-Owner of Amos Cosmetics
2-Dark, and handsome Englishman
4-A weak Character, manipulated by Sabrina.
Characters- AUNT MIMI
1-Anna`s mother sister
2-Good-hearted and generous
3-Nosy and curious
That would be because of fruitcake. Anna realizes now that the perfume is responsible for his strange behavior. At dinner, there was a competition between David Amos and the waiter for her attention. The night ended with both men hitting each other and Sabina (David’s girlfriend) punching David.
2-Loving and caring – still packs meals for Anna
3-Gets on well with Aunt Mimi.
1-The latest model girlfriend of David Amos
2-Beautiful, snooty, vain, and condescending but it is actually jealous that David askes Anna out
3-Hot-headed – hits David when David proclaims love for Anna.
4-Dominant, confident and well-spoken: Speaks for David at Anna`s last meeting with her boss in the Office.
Characters- THE WAITER
1-Like David Amos impulsive and effusive in his words and actions after inhaling the Fruitcake Special.
2-Bold – told Anna how he felt and called her even though she was in the restaurant with David on a date.
1-The pizza delivery man
2-Fell in love with Anna at first sight
3-Hardworking – saved hard and finally bought over the pizza company he worked for.
4-Was determined to improve his social and economic status before he asking Anna out.
First Person Point of View
The story uses the first person ‘I’ and it is told from Anna’s point of view.
@ Through Anna’s description, the readers get the insight into the feelings of the characters.
The fruitcake ingredient makes the sophisticated perfume smell like a glorious mix of all natural, delicious, inviting and warm smells (like fresh bread and flowers and sunshine all mixed together).
The story has several interesting and funny similes:
he looked like a dog who had just found a bone
mouths wide open like a couple of fish.
Why did everybody sound like bad movies tonight?
Appreciate ourselves for who we are and not depend on the supernatural- The special ingredient in the fruitcake that was mixed in the perfume did not bring happiness to Anna because she was attracted the wrong type of men.
We should appreciate true love- Armstrong who has fallen in love with Anna when he was only a pizza delivery man, withholds his declaration of love until he is successful. Although Anna did not like Armstrong at first, she realizes that he truly loves her and would be a suitable life partner.
Hard work is the key to success- Anna works very hard. She spends long hours at her working place. This is the reason why her boss wanted her to continue working for him. Armstrong worked very hard to become successful. Finally he became the owner of a pizza company. He asked Anna out on a date when he had achieved his goal.
We must not compromise our dignity- Anna has integrity and has pride in her own worth. She walked out of her job when she was insulted with the boss’ offer.
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