"The Orderly World Of Mr. Appleby" Written By Stanley Ellin.

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The Orderly World of Mr. ApplebyA short story I recently read in class was "The Orderly World of Mr. Appleby" written by Stanley Ellin.The story tells us of a fastidious man named Mr. Appleby. Who owned a Shop called "Appleby: Antiques and Curious." At the beginning of the story we are told he had come to investigate "the most efficient methods for disposing of wife" so that he can come into immediate possession of her financial estate. He then finds an appropriate case of what seems to him the most perfect murder in a text on forensic medicine which told of a Mrs. X who was killed by her husband by her falling on an aptly placed scatter rug while handing over a glass of water to her husband which was requested by him as part of his plan. He then placed his one hand behind Mrs. X's shoulder and then the other across her jaw and with a sudden thrust produced the same horrific results as the fall on the rug. Mr. Appleby used this method on 6 of his wife's. Last in line was Martha Sturgis who "broke the pattern" his previous wives had created, not only in appearance but also attitude. Mr. Appleby did not know that Martha knew about his past and had his details past onto her Lawyers "Gainsborough Gainsborough and Golding" who she reports to every night to ensure them she is still alive. Just as Mr. Appleby is about to perform his murderous deed Martha asks "Is this what happened to all the others?" At this point the Gainsborough calls, and as Martha turns to place the glass on a near by table, she accidentally slips and dies. This puts Gainsborough in the position to prosecute Mr. Appleby for murder. On the first occasion that he had been innocent Mr. Appleby didn't know Martha had been researching his past but we, the readers, discover at the same time she tells him, she reveals details which tells us the case in forensic medicine book is about Martha's father who murdered her mother. Martha wants Mr. Appleby who is exactly like her father to live the life her father should have lived if he had no died of a heart attack before any verdict could be reached by the court.The story was written in third person narrative. This was effective because we could see the action as if through a by standers view. Also we could see everything that was going on as if we ourselves are in the room.The main character in the story was Mr. Appleby. He was a small prim man who wore thin rimmed spectacles and parted his greying hair in the middle. He took "sober pleasure" in pointing out that "there was no room in his properly organized life for the operations of chance." His Shop "Appleby: Antiques and Curious" was his pride and joy. Everything was carefully labeled and had a precise place and his nerves were violently shook if anything was moved out of place. His mother who was a huge influence on his life spared his nerves of this.As she had the "boiling and toasting" of his meals down to perfection. His mother's death left "a vast gap" in his life. Therefore, he...

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