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  1. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    Recently I received an e-mail from my son with the title "The Summer People" by Shirley Jackson, and then the simple words "what happened to the old people?" Now I had never heard of "The Summer People" but he had conviently left me a link to it, so before long I was reading a previously unknown to me anyway short story. Hmm, what happened to the old people? The story is about a couple, retired people, or old people as my son would put it, who decide to stay in their summer home after labor day. Recently I received an e-mail from my son with the title "The Summer People" by Shirley Jackson, and then the simple words "what happened to the old people?" Now I had never heard of "The Summer People" but he had conviently left me a link to it, so before long I was reading a previously unknown to me anyway short story. Hmm, what happened to the old people? The story is about a couple, retired people, or old people as my son would put it, who decide to stay in their summer home after labor day. Janet and Robert Allison have been coming to their summer cottage arriving in early summer and leaving the Tuesday after Labor Day for seventeen summers. This year they decide that there is no reason to take them back to the city and they should enjoy the country as long as possible. Now begins a series of "unusual" inconveniences. They find that the grocery store doesn't deliver after Labor Day because the delivery boy has gone back to school, the kerosene man didn't order enough kerosene because everyone leaves after Labor Day, the neighbor they get milk and eggs from has left town. The car breaks down and the phone stops working. I'm from the country and find nothing particularly strange about any of this, the delivery boy does go back to school after Labor Day, some of our businesses cut back their hours or even close for the winter, and the phone and power goes out once or twice a month just because, well we've never figured out a reason yet. But the Allison's from the city are having a harder time with this. When the grocer shows surprise that they would consider staying after Labor Day, Mr. & Mrs. Allison have a conversation about how the grocer is mentally....degenerated, "It's generations of inbreeding. That and the bad land." says Mr. Allison. Every time these city people tell one of the locals of their intention to stay after Labor Day, the locals express shock that the couple would ever want to stay. Even though I find all of this very ordinary Jackson does make this into something that is creepy. There starts to be an underlying dread that you can feel along with the couple. Is there something really wrong? They receive a letter from their son that "just doesn't sound like Jerry." Storm clouds gather and it is "dark as evening by 4 o'clock". They sit huddled together in their cottage listening to the radio. "During one pause between commercials, Mrs. Allison turned and smiled weakly at her husband. "I wonder if we're supposed to . . . _do_ anything," she said. "No," Mr. Allison said consideringly. "I don't think so. Just wait." Now, why are they just sitting there? What are they waiting for? And most of all, what happened to the old people?

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    I only read The Summer People, as my copy didn't have The Little House (although I'll probably read that too now that I'm aware of its existence). It's a fairly short story that will leave you ever-so-slightly chilled - typical Jackson. I only read The Summer People, as my copy didn't have The Little House (although I'll probably read that too now that I'm aware of its existence). It's a fairly short story that will leave you ever-so-slightly chilled - typical Jackson.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Thetravelingpanda

    I liked the Little House better, it was bit frustrating at the end but very a lurical in a sense.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Frozenwaffle

    Not sure I get it...

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