Bill's Art Box

"A Composition Exercise"

 

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An  Assignment


Write a one page story which includes these elements:

 

     A Secret

      The Color Blue

     A Moth

      A Painting of an Inn

     A Conversation about Ants

 A Picture – Torn in Half – of a Girl on a Bicycle

 

(proceed, or create your own story first)


 

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A Conversation About Ants

 

Perhaps it was this picture that had saved them that day.

In his uncle’s drawing room, Charles had spotted a painting of a country inn. He had just come in from giving a lecture at Oxford University.

Charles was an entomologist, and his favorite area of study was ants. The class had been animated, with great parallels being drawn between the lives of these industry-addicted beings and of 
everyday man.

Charles watched, now, as a moth fluttered about the brass light which illuminated the picture on the wall. How different from ants, he thought,
the individual and uni-directional movements of this winged personality.

Yet again he saw similarites to the life of man -- always searching, always pursuing the light.

 

And the painting itself? A quiet moment, a break from it all. A peaceful meal on the road during an afternoon countryside escape.

A sky so blue you could melt into it, and all your troubles would melt away, too.

Charles opened his wallet. There he found two halves of a torn picture -- a dark-haired girl and himself on a country road. A souvenir of a day spent on bikes among the enfolding foothills of Yorkshire County.

And an English country inn ...

He would call Deborah, Charles thought. "I'm sorry", he would say. "I was a fool ... always working. Yet I found something with you I was seeking."

Would she go for a drive? Could they talk on the way? Could they stop for dinner?

Where ...?

“My secret, darling.”   


Created in Narrative Writing

Maharishi University of Management

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                         © Bill Torrington 2006  / Permission granted to share

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