“Mr. Arcularis,” Conrad Aiken, 1931

“Mr. Arcularis,” Conrad Aiken, 1931 — A demure man, in every way slight of personality and form, appears to be going on an exciting voyage.  There he meets his long-dead mother and uncle, whose bodies he found as a child, washed up on the shore.  Arcularis has a gay time with this figures, responsible for an early trauma that sapped some of the color from his life.  The ending reveals that he is not on a journey, but a patient undergoing surgery, and that the operation has failed.  When he passes, the surgeon and nurse pause for a moment, “and then the ordered life of the hospital was resumed.”

Comments: Read in Perchance to Dream.

Author: Wikipedia: “Conrad Potter Aiken (5 August 1889 – 17 August 1973) was an American novelist and poet, whose work includes poetry, short stories, novels, a play and an autobiography.”


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