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Claire Andersen-Wheeler's
- Vernissage
When a child is growing up, the parent's relationship influences the child a lot. But happy married couples, don't always stay happy. In Claire Anderson-Wheeler's short story “Vernissage”, a child lives his life, oblivious to the change in his parent's relationship, until he 'happens' to overhear a private conversation.
The story, vernissage is about a family which contains a mother, a father and a son. The son - called Alex is the main character, and we're following the family through his eyes. Beside that we see out of his eyes, we also can hear/read what the boy is thinking. The story starts out in-media-res when the boy, Alex, is picked up at school by his mother. On their way home Alex questions his mother about the bag she's got in the car as well. And then the whole thing starts. Because the dress has been bought by Alex's mother because of the vernissage - which is a art exhibition, which her and her husband are going to later that night. Even though Alex's parents will not be home at night, Alex have the company of a babysitter named Anne-Marie. But Alex does not like Anne-Marie because she calls him Ally, which in Alex opinion was a girl's name. Another thing about Anne-Marie that Alex don't like is that there was fat under her eyes.
Alex is a young boy - I would guess around the age of 9 because he can fit under the bed. He is not a common young boy despite that he lives with his parents. Which we do not hear much about other than they're heading towards the vernissage in the evening. Alex is a boy who thinks about the things he sees, as an example that he bumped into a woman at his school, when his mother was picking him up. He noticed that she had red nails - it's unusual that a nine years old boy notices this.
But even though Alex is young, he is at the age where he starts to question whether he is too…...

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