This week I really liked the two short stories online. Their sass and creativity made them stand out from everything else, in my opinion, that we have read, and were more entertaining, again in my opinion, that She Stoops to Conquer.
In The Lady’s Dressing Room, Strephon talks about all the things that he sees in the dressing room, and how they make Celia a person who she is not. For example, he talks about how he sees the bodice and dresses laying all over the floor, the make up and oil covered towels everywhere, sweat stained pits on sleeves on clothing laying around the room. He mentions how people think that she is clean and organized and beautiful, whereas he has seen the behind the scenes when she and her maid were not around and rather she is quite messy and dirty and covered in make up to make her skin paler and more beautiful. Strephon then speaks about he is curious about how other women might be the same, unnaturally beautiful and messy even though they show a clean exterior.
After reading the original story, it was interesting reading his inspiration to the writing with the reasons as to why he wrote it. It was very sassy and upfront, with some hidden sarcastic dry humor. It seemed, to me, as if it was a man calling out a woman on her lies and potentially cheating self as they were breaking up. The dryness of the language suggests that it was said in a very sarcastic and mean tone, while the flow of it suggests that it might have been said in a more “in your face” mater. I found it very humorous that she ended with saying that she hopes that she writes so that she can use his letters as toilet paper. This came off to me as the ending to a bad breakup with someone. I know that I would have to be quite angry at someone to tell them that I would use their, potentially, heart-felt letters to wipe myself with, let alone call someone out on their fakeness.