Someone, Alice McDermott, THE NEW YORKER
by Patti Abbott
Later she would tell her daughters, “If he looks over your head while talking, get rid of him.” And this is jest of the story. Walter Harnett convinces a young girl that he is going to marry her and she falls in with this idea eventually. Just as casually, he announces another girl has all Marie’s assets and is good-looking , he will marry her instead. Marie’s brother, a former priest, takes a walk with her.
This is a typical NEW YORKER story, good characters, excellent writing but no real ending and the point of the story is hard to decipher. I guess it would be that both Marie and her brother have been jilted: he by mistaking his calling and Marie by losing her beau. Patti Abbott #30