Last Courtesies Summary
Ella Leffland

Everything you need to understand or teach Last Courtesies by Ella Leffland.

  • Last Courtesies Summary & Study Guide

Last Courtesies Summary

Ella Leffland's short story “Last Courtesies” is surprisingly violent. But the violence is, at least at the beginning, more suggested than explicit. In the foreground, the protagonist Lillian suppresses violent urges, while she is described as “too polite.” Throughout most of this story, Lillian is filled with fear and remorse, but she is determined to keep her emotions in check. She does go out of her way to not return rudeness expressed toward...

(read more from the Study Guide)