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A Piece of News

A lonely young woman named Ruby Fisher reads in a newspaper that “Mrs. Ruby Fisher had the misfortune to be shot in the leg by her husband this week”—after which her husband comes home.

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“A Piece of News” (1941), a short story by Eudora Welty.
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After coming in from the rain, Ruby Fischer, an isolated and unfaithful young backwoods wife, chances on a newspaper story in which a woman with the same name is shot in the leg by her husband. Though Ruby knows that such an action on the part of her husband, Clyde, is quite improbable—even though he is aware of her infidelities and has beaten her—she is immediately struck by the imaginative possibilities of the situation.

Precious Ruby then romantically fantasizes about her funeral in a daydream, and, when Clyde Fisher finally arrives home, she shows him the excerpt from the newspaper. For obvious reasons, primitive Clyde vehemently denies the charges. For an instant, however, he and his wife have a vision of each other in alien, fantasy roles—an experience that is pleasing, exciting, and frightening.

In the end, Clyde proves to Ruby that the story cannot be about them because, aside from the fact that she has not been shot, the newspaper is from Tennessee (not Mississippi, their home state). And where did she get it, anyway? The rain has stopped, but another storm may be about to begin.

Submitted: December 7, 2020
Last Updated: December 9, 2020

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The Writer: R. J. Cardullo

A former university film teacher, I turned to screenwriting several years ago. I have also written film criticism for many publications. A New Yorker by birth, I grew up in Miami and was educated at the University of Florida, Tulane, and Yale. My last U.S. address was in Milford, Connecticut; I am now an expatriate residing in Scandinavia. Many of my scripts (both long and short) are adaptations of lesser-known works by well-known authors. I am happy to re-write, collaborate, or write on demand. Thanks kindly for any attention you can give my work. Go to bio

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