Friday, April 22, 2005

What's in a Name by Robert Wm. Wagner

What’s in a Name” by Robert Wm. Wagner, Hardluck Stories, Spring 2005

The story begins with Angela assessing her body and reflecting on her romantic prospects – or lack of them.

Angela is a loan officer in a bank frequented by a man the ladies call Gallahad. Angela lusts after him, but hasn’t the courage to make contact. Today is the day Gallahad comes in to deposit his check. In a conversation with Clara, one of the tellers, Charlie Gallahan reveals that he is attracted to Angela but is reluctant to approach her.

As Gallahan is leaving, two robbers enter the bank and kill the guard. Gallahan pulls a pistol and shoots one of the robbers. Gallahan is a cop, but we aren’t told that. It is a conclusion we draw because of a couple of short phrases buried in the story. A nice touch.

Before Gallahan can shift his aim to the other robber, he pulls out a sawed-off shotgun and shoots Gallahan taking out a good portion of his thigh and nicking the femoral artery.

What Angela does next takes her well beyond the normal role of loan officer.

Mr. Wagner does an outstanding job of writing female characters. Not once did I get kicked out of the story by a false note. Angela is, of course, particularly well drawn, but so was Clara, the teller.

I was also pleased by the way Mr. Wagner built my empathy with Angela so that the end of the story there was an emotional connection.

In short, good storytelling.


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At 2:55 PM, Blogger Aldo said...

I liked this story. I wasn't sure where it was going, but I liked the ending. I liked how Angela's self-confidence showed in the end.

At 11:11 AM, Blogger Bob said...

That was my take, too, Aldo. Angela grew during the story. That's a tought thing to accomplish in so few words.

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