‘The End of the Party’ by Graham Greene

Some facts about Graham Greene

  • Graham Greene – an English writer, is best known for his novels. He published 26 novels during his lifetime, over a career period of 59 years. One publication, “No Man’s Land”, was published posthumously in 2005, 14 years after Greene’s death.
  • Greene had a rough adolescence. He attended boarding school at which his father was the headmaster, and during his years there he attempted suicide more than once, and was socially ostracized and unhappy.
  • Perhaps unsurprisingly, given his adolescence, Greene was later diagnosed with bipolar disorder, a condition which plagued him all his life. Interestingly, he also attributed much of his best work to its symptoms.
  • Greene was a travel enthusiast and his love for travelling took him to places like Liberia, Mexico, Haiti, Central America.
  • Greene was shortlisted for the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1966 and 1967.
  • Greene’s novels were so successful that many if not most were adapted into successful films. The best known of those films are Brighton Rock (made twice – in 1947 and again in 2010), The End of the Affair (again, twice, in 1955 and again in 1999), The Fugitive (from the novel The Power and the Glory), Our Man in Havana, and The Quiet American (twice, 1958 and again in 2002).

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  1. Our zoom meeting chat:
    19:03:34 From Teacher Lee : Fear is a major theme that runs through this story.
    19:03:55 From Teacher Lee : Nobel (no BELL) prize
    19:05:11 From Teacher Lee : Twist ending
    19:06:11 From Teacher Lee : Two twins, one is afraid of the dark
    19:06:19 From Teacher Lee : they have to attend a party
    19:06:27 From Teacher Lee : hide and seek
    19:06:54 From Teacher Lee : story ends in tragedy
    19:07:13 From Teacher Lee : died of fright (by his brother’s hand)
    19:08:51 From Teacher Lee : telepathic link between the two brothers
    19:09:22 From Teacher Lee : Siamese twins (joined at birth)
    19:10:34 From Teacher Lee : This link is VERY important.
    19:10:57 From Teacher Lee : Peter – older, Francis – younger
    19:11:40 From Teacher Lee : He can put himself in his brother’s shoes.
    19:12:44 From Teacher Lee : Mrs. Henne-Falcon kept calling them children.
    19:13:31 From Teacher Lee : Two girls teased and bullied Francis about his fear of darkness.
    19:13:41 From Teacher Lee : Last year’s experience.
    19:14:23 From Teacher Lee : Mother was unconcerned.
    19:14:52 From Teacher Lee : I have a fear of snakes.
    19:15:09 From Vasanth : t
    19:15:34 From Teacher Lee : to make light of something
    19:15:40 From Teacher Lee : to turn a deaf end to it
    19:15:56 From Teacher Lee : deaf ear…
    19:16:08 From Teacher Lee : it reminded you…
    19:16:58 From Teacher Lee : He has a fear of jumping…
    19:17:55 From Teacher Lee : a gutter is a drain pipe
    19:21:32 From Teacher Lee : What were his excuses?
    19:21:35 From Teacher Lee : I am sick.
    19:22:42 From Teacher Lee : deus ex machina – a miracle in a movie
    19:22:47 From Teacher Lee : that saves the hero
    19:23:10 From Teacher Lee : telepathic link
    19:24:00 From Teacher Lee : How did the link cause Francis’s death?
    19:25:17 From Teacher Lee : Did he know that his brother died at that moment of touch?
    19:26:47 From Teacher Lee : He continued to feel his brother’s mental fear…
    19:27:37 From Teacher Lee : They turned on the lights.
    19:27:44 From Teacher Lee : Mrs. Henne-Falcon
    19:27:47 From Teacher Lee : screamed
    19:28:11 From Teacher Lee : What is the twist of this story?
    19:30:22 From Diana Yarmolinska : His brain, too young to realize the full paradox, wondered with an obscure self-pity why it was that the pulse of his brother’s fear went on and on, when Francis was now where he had always been told there was no more terror and no more–darkness.

    19:31:02 From Teacher Lee : So his brother is “living on” in “Hell”, which is dark.
    19:32:11 From Teacher Lee : when Francis was now where he had always been told there was no more terror and no more–darkness.
    19:34:38 From Teacher Lee : The afterlife seemed to be place of eternal darkness.
    19:37:26 From Teacher Lee : It’s a central theme. Prophetic.
    19:37:37 From Teacher Lee : His fears were not imaginary.
    19:38:01 From Teacher Lee : Ivan = too direct, not enough suspense
    19:38:32 From Teacher Lee : Vasanth = not a children’s story as I initially thought
    19:38:34 From Bashayer Ahmed Zaky : you mean here, teacher lee?
    19:38:37 From Teacher Lee : What is the moral?
    19:38:49 From Teacher Lee : Indifference of adults to kids’ fears
    19:39:42 From Teacher Lee : The afterlife is an eternally dark, lonely place. Very pessimistic. All religions are wrong.
    19:40:11 From Teacher Lee : Common: Everything will be okay.
    19:40:21 From Teacher Lee : You’re worried about nothing.
    19:40:49 From Teacher Lee : t
    19:42:18 From Teacher Lee : Acknowledge their fear, explain that others have that fear, and survived it without a problem.
    19:42:29 From Teacher Lee : Army way: Sink or swim!
    19:43:21 From Teacher Lee : Shallow stream.
    19:43:42 From Teacher Lee : She panicked and died of fear.
    19:44:16 From Teacher Lee : And phobias exist. These are irrational and cannot be predicted.
    19:46:59 From Teacher Lee : There are many phobiias
    19:47:03 From Teacher Lee : #13
    19:48:03 From Teacher Lee : triskadekaphobia
    19:48:22 From Teacher Lee : ophidiophobia (snakes)
    19:48:36 From Teacher Lee : agoraphobia
    19:48:41 From Teacher Lee : claustrophobias
    19:48:51 From Teacher Lee : hemophobia (sight of blood)
    19:49:48 From Teacher Lee : Can’t be wished away.
    19:50:19 From Teacher Lee : The monster under the bed
    19:50:34 From Teacher Lee : the monster in the closet
    19:50:48 From Teacher Lee : masked by common behavior
    19:51:53 From Diana Yarmolinska : It was true he felt ill, a sick empty sensation in his stomach and a rapidly beating heart, but he knew the cause was only fear, fear of the party, fear of being made to hide by himself in the dark, uncompanioned by Peter and with no night-light to make a blessed breach.

    19:52:35 From Teacher Lee : a breach = a break, a cessation
    19:52:44 From Teacher Lee : a hole in the dark
    19:53:11 From Teacher Lee : light is a hole in the dark
    19:53:52 From Teacher Lee : meticulous = picky; pay attention to small details
    19:55:09 From Teacher Lee : scarlet = bright red
    Novel: The Scarlet Letter (an “A”)
    19:55:15 From Vasanth : no boards whined under the tread
    19:55:22 From Teacher Lee : superciliously
    19:55:48 From Diana Yarmolinska : malinger
    19:56:47 From Diana Yarmolinska : daunt somebody
    19:57:03 From Teacher Lee : taunt someone
    19:57:11 From Diana Yarmolinska : daunting
    19:57:41 From Teacher Lee : I’ve never heard “daunt” used as a verb. Only as an adjective (daunting)
    19:57:53 From Teacher Lee : intimidate
    19:59:09 From Teacher Lee : starch is a chemical that makes clothes “stiff”
    19:59:14 From Teacher Lee : rigid
    19:59:20 From Diana Yarmolinska : pall
    19:59:34 From Diana Yarmolinska : pall on smb
    19:59:39 From Jörgen Olsson : The woman starched?
    20:00:28 From Teacher Lee : something that covers or conceals; especially : an overspreading element that produces an effect of gloom a pall of thick black smoke a pall of suspicionb : a feeling of gloom his absence cast a pall over the celebration
    20:00:41 From Teacher Lee : pallbearers
    20:00:59 From Ivan Korjavin : pall bearers
    20:01:43 From Jörgen Olsson : The tall starched (stärkt?) woman laid the towels across the cans and said, without turning, “The washing won’t be back till tomorrow. You must lend him some of your handkerchiefs.”
    20:02:12 From Diana Yarmolinska : to champion smth
    20:02:41 From Jörgen Olsson : t
    20:03:36 From Teacher Lee : ostentatious – showy
    Starched = stiff, formal
    20:05:16 From Vasanth : Celebrities are ostentatious at Academy award function.
    20:05:41 From Teacher Lee : folly = foolishness
    20:05:57 From Teacher Lee : Seward’s Folly
    20:07:32 From Diana Yarmolinska : imminence
    20:08:08 From Teacher Lee : imminent = happening very very soon
    20:09:45 From Teacher Lee : Try to find a good short story, everyone.

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