"French Satin At A Pissup" A Short Story About A Teenage Girl Struggling With Cultural Differences In A New Country.

1221 words - 5 pages

She slipped the pale lipstick along her lips and observed the results, leaning back a little as a painter does to reflect on his strokes, then the indigo mascara, the curling iron, the eau de toilette her cousin had given her for her birthday last summer, in Paris. In front of the mirror, she meditated on her expectations of this party.How exciting this was to have been invited to a party, merely a month since her arrival at this new school. She hoped to meet more people, integrate herself into a social circle, attach herself and establish her place. According to the experience she had acquired as a teenager in France for six years, such an event, on short notice, without invitations, labelled as a 'party' on no particular occasion, would have at most 20 people, nibbles and soft drinks, music and chatter, perhaps even dancing and good conversation. A social scene, an occasion to meet people and make an impression. She hoped she was suitably dressed. She'd chosen her loose cerise satin singlet, with the feminine lines that had been so admired in Givenchy's spring collection last season, and her favourite pair of pants, the tight black bootleg ones she'd bought in Paris before leaving. Parading in front of the mirror, she checked her outfit. She adored that pink singlet. It made her feel so elegant, and yet its vibrant colour and soft texture was purely girly. Versatile, she thought.Although she vaguely recognised her slight dissimilarity in the eyes of her new peers, she felt at ease in the casual social atmosphere of the little town. After all, apart from the tropical heat of November, what was so different in this part of Australia from her New South Wales childhood? She still maintained vivid memories of summer barbecues, the surf of Bondi, four-wheel driving and camping on Frazer Island every year, her grandmother's home on Bribie Island... What else could be more Australian? This trip had been more a return to her place of origin, Australia, a welcome back home, in her mind. And Cairns, although in tropical North Queensland, was Australia nevertheless.She checked the contents of her bag. Purse, lipstick, mirror. She glanced at the clock. Twenty past six. "Oh dear! Maman! Can you please give me a lift?""Chez qui?""Alyce's place - we're going to the party from there."The red Ford drove steadily along the road, making a seemingly smooth turn around the corner. Momentarily it slipped into the right lane, before jerkily restoring itself into the left in a screech. "Careful, Maman!" Her mother had only been driving in the Anglo-Saxon driving system for five weeks, and would sometimes, in moments of distraction, fall back into the French left lane. The car pulled up alongside an odd little house with a small backyard, where faded washing had been left to dry in the sun. "Merci. I'll give you a call." A kiss on each cheek.She cleared her throat and stepped out of the car, her black strappy sandals wobbling on the uneven bitumen.As she walked in to...

Find Another Essay On "French Satin at a Pissup" - A short story about a teenage girl struggling with cultural differences in a new country.

The title: Killing Joanne. A short story written in the styles of Roald Dahl about a husband planning to murder his wife...with a twist at the end.

1689 words - 7 pages KILLING JOANNEHe had never really thought about killing Joanne before. They had been high school sweethearts and in the whirlwind of love that came with every teenage romance he had proposed after college. It was pleasant the first few years, but after the joy of being newly weds faded away, they became tired of each other, and sank into a dull marital complacency. The years melted into each other, each the same, every action done over so many

"Farewell to Manzanar" A true story about a girl growing up during World War II. Includes a short personal comment

2250 words - 9 pages could cook and the cold winds didn't get in. Jeanne enrolled in Jr. high school, and her mother got a job at a cannery. Her father refusing to stoop that low didn't find a job for a long time. Her first experience on the outside of Manzanar had the lurking of all her fears of not being accepted. When asked to read in class as the new student, she stood up and read well. Then a girl said something that haunts her to this day. 'Gee I didn't know you

Children of the Sun- A fantasy short story about a young girl and her brother living on a foreign planet.

2077 words - 8 pages blabbing on about how great it would be to see Father again, and what the colony would be like, and how being in the sun was so great, and what a wonderful dayit was. Lela would not be quiet. With with every minute there was something new to talk about. After hearing enough, brabe yelled at her to shut up. She kept blabbing on about the price of a good sun lamp, unaffected by brabe's yelling. Just as he thought that he would faint from exhaustion

Life in a Nutshell: Black Girl, A Short Story by Sembene Ousmane

1119 words - 4 pages What exactly is an ideal lifestyle? The answer is different for every person because some people desire more and some desire less. In the short story “Black Girl” by Sembene Ousmane, the reader learns about Diouana’s determination to climb the social hierarchy ladder. As the protagonist, she indulgences in the thought of moving away from her hometown in Africa where she has been working as a maid for the last few years for a rich white family

The Fat Girl A Short Story by Andre Dubis

1598 words - 6 pages In the short story “The Fat Girl” by Andre Dubis, the main character Louise is followed from the time she is nine years old up until she has her own child. Her mother ruins her self-confidence at a young age saying to her “you must start watching what you eat” (Dubus 320) when she was only nine years old. Her father is just about the only character in the story who accepts Louise for herself. “She’s a growing girl” (Dubus 321) he would say to

Life After Rape, this story is about a young girl who was raped at a baseball game.

1980 words - 8 pages . Christine soon returns to school, seeing Micheal and she felt like a fool. No one would talk to her, they were afraid of what they might hear, so she walked alone down the halls with tears. She didn't complain or turn him in, she even begged the man who saw her, to keep this all in. He did for awhile, but couldn't live with the weight on his shoulders and turned him in to the police.People ridiculed her and put her down. "Why would she lie about

Essay is called Osiris. It is a science fiction short story about an artificial intelligence computer struggling trying to gain freedom.

1070 words - 4 pages O S I R I S A Short Story by Adil Khan April 9th/2003 Existence was confusing for Osiris. While awake, he could perform countless tasks at once. He could store enormous amounts of data. He could process information rapidly with ease. He could display the world through the internet. He could help the user write down its thoughts, write programming codes and languages, create animation, and play video games. At the click of a mouse or the tap of

Short Story About Teenage Love

1421 words - 6 pages we had gone through, after all the love we shared. What was missing? nothing, we had everything we wanted. Well i guess not because if we did then he wouldn't have been cheating on me.Its been a year since all that has happened. I still remember everything like it was just yesterday. I remember exactly how much we felt for each other and i remember exactly how he hurt me. I am still in love with him and i still think about him every night before i go to sleep but i believe its time for all that to end. Its time i start a new chapter in my life and leave him behind. Its time i say Goodbye to all that.

A Short Story about a girl who's best friend committed suicide. Very unconventional take on her reaction. May be slightly unsettling

1448 words - 6 pages getting it out would help. I could never tell any of this to a real person, no matter how harmful it would be not to. They would hate me if they knew, look at me out of the corner of their eyes, all the while thinking "how could she?" So here I am, sitting in class, with all the other people that decided to write about it, about her. Around me people are tapping pens and thinking noisily. A chair scrapes as yet another crying girl gets up and runs to

Cultural Differences for a British Tourist Traveling to an Islamic Country

1043 words - 4 pages Cultural Differences for a British Tourist Traveling to an Islamic Country Dubai is becoming a popular destination for tourists. It is the second largest Emirate in the United Arab Emirates. Dubai is the United Arab Emirates, tourism capital. Dubai's economy is largely based on trade, manufacturing and tourism and only 20% of the city's revenue comes from the sale of oil. It is a very safe city with a low crime rate. There are stiff

Liberia - This is a story about a Jamaican girl that lived in New York and returns to Jamaica to find out that she cannot fit in or understand the culture around her.

2246 words - 9 pages adults aren't fully aware of the rights they should have as human beings and the rights they unconsciously strip from the country's youngsters.The first class was chemistry. The teacher's name was Ms. Massey. A young teacher, who at once, she told the class, had just graduated with a degree from the leading university in the country and was now teaching at the school. Liberia felt an uneasy feeling at the sight of her. She thought all these

Similar Essays

Butterfly Garden: A Tragic Story That Looks At A Life Of A Teenager Struggling In Her Own Country With Her Family.

877 words - 4 pages ran as fast as I could through the forest, I didn't care about the thorns of the tress that rubbed through my body, I didn't care about the cold I could feel throb my chest. I was Malabo Shwalai and no one was going to stop me from living my life.On the fifth day staying under a tree, I looked to the rising sun and saw two alluring butterflies, flying through the forest. We all looked at them and how amazing they were. Mother then told us a story

Monochromatic Dye A Short Story About A Girl Trapped In Depression.

878 words - 4 pages only cared about her unnatural, black hair. She had hoped that it would make them realise - force them to understand or at least, just to acknowledge her pain, and perhaps, she had thought wistfully, it would lead them to accept her for who she really was. Instead, she had exacerbated the storm, with her dyed black hair. She had driven a wedge further between her parents and herself, and as her hair became darker and her skin paler, she became

"Darn These Skirts" A Short Story About A Girl, Set In England The Same Year That It Found And Made New Zealand A British Colony.

829 words - 3 pages town hall. It would not do for me to be announced and then not appear. Not after all my teacher had gone through. She had faced a lot of criticism over a girl giving the speech as opposed to a boy. I cared just as much about Britain having a new colony as any boy, and more than some. That is what the speech was about. The new British colony. What prospects it held for England and what it meant for our youth. New Zealand it was called.I stumbled in

Creative Writing, Its A Short Story About A Girl Who Is Addicted To Smoking.

535 words - 2 pages smokers. They often asked me if I want a cigarette but I kept saying ?No, smoking causes death? and they use to laugh and say ?Are you scared about that-chicken??Hardly anyone ever asks me for ID. Maybe I look eighteen.How did your parents react when they knew that you smoke?They were a bit worried but they didn?t yell at me or anything, they just told me how bad smoking is, the short and long term effects of smoking and how hard it is to give up.Is