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Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders - The Problem of Susan, and Instructions Summary & Analysis

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The Problem of Susan, and Instructions Summary

In "The Problem of Susan," Susan dreams of walking across a battlefield littered with corpses, waiting for the lion to finish talking to the witch.

Susan is an old woman now, and a professor. She reads the obituaries in the morning paper as she has breakfast, and remembers a man called Charles to whom she lost her virginity long ago. She is visited by a young woman called Greta Champion who is writing a profile on her for the Literary Chronicle. They discuss children's literature and how it became so sanctimonious, then Greta asks about the Professor's family. She tells her that all her family died in a train crash, and Greta says that's just like Susan from the Narnia books. Greta tells the professor it made her angry that Susan was left...

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