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Wu Ting
How would you interpret the phrase “pie contest” here? They seem so thrilled to pounce, these press men. Not before, when I was nobody of consequence, only now. Mrs. Brown says envy plays into it. “There are some who’d hardly lift a finger for kindness, but they would haul up a load of rock to dump on some soul they think’s been too lucky. They take it as duty, to equal out life’s misery.” “They think I’ve been too lucky?” She sighed. “Mr. Shepherd, it’s what you’ve said a hundred times, they don’t know a person’s whole story. They think you just sit in your little room making up tales and getting bags of money for it, while they have to go out rain or shine and talk to Mrs. Smith on Charlotte Street about a pie contest. They’re put out with you for having an easier life.”How would you interpret the phrase “pie contest” in the last passage? I guess the “Mrs. Smith” maybe refer to some pie seller, right? And the so-called “pie contest” maybe mean the bargaining between people and the pie seller, right? Thanks! And this excerpt is taken from The Lacuna by Kingsolver.
Jun 5, 2015 2:32 AM
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Mrs. Smith refers to the winner of a pie-baking contest. The name Smith is often used to indicate an ordinary person because it's an extremely common surname. The other journalists feels bitter and envious of Shepherd because they're stuck doing boring human-interest stories such as interviewing the winner of a pie-baking contest, while he earns more money than they do for doing what they perceive as less work.
June 5, 2015
Wu Ting
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