Stone Mattress: Nine Tales Symbols & Objects

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HDTV

An HDTV is purchased by Ewan shortly before his death in the story “Alphinland”. His wife, Constance, dislikes the HDTV because it shows the physical flaws in people precisely and clearly. Nevertheless, she will not get rid of the HDTV because it is a direct link to her late husband. Likewise, she imagines Ewan is still alive, still watching television while she works on her Alphinland stories.

Alpinland stories and novels

Alphinland stories and novels are written by Constance Starr, and feature into the short stories “Alphinland”, “Revenant”, and “Dark Lady”. Alphinland is a fictional universe that has made Constance a famous, wealthy writer. She incorporates elements of reality, including cruel people, into her stories. She is so immersed in her stories that she imagines herself to be in Alphinland half the time. The stories are studied by the graduate student Naveena, dismissed as juvenile by...

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