Short Stories About Loyalty

These stories have characters that show loyalty to others and to principles they believe in.

See also Betrayal

Conscience of the Court | Zora Neale Hurston

A maid, Laura Kimble, is on trial for beating a white man, Clement Beasley. He went to the house of her employer, Mrs. Clairborne, to collect on a loan. Beasley says that when he found her absent and saw the maid packing up the silver he thought Mrs. Clairborne had left town and was sending for her things – things she had put up as collateral for the loan. When he tried to take the furniture, Laura assaulted him.

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The Atheist’s Mass | Honore de Balzac

Desplein was a lauded physician, brilliant and a staunch atheist. Despite this, his protégé, Bianchon, saw Desplein attending mass. Bianchon relates Desplein’s story to explain this discrepancy.

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In the Shadow of War | Ben Okri

During the Nigerian Civil War, a young boy, Omovo, notices a woman in a black veil walking by his house every day for a week. He later learns that the soldiers are looking for her, claiming she is a spy and enemy supporter.

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The Challenge | Mario Vargas Llosa

An older man informs three men that a member of their gang, Justo, will be fighting the Gimp, a member of a rival gang. The men prepare for the encounter and talk about what led up to it.

Bright and Morning Star | Richard Wright

Sue is waiting for her son, Johnny-Boy to come home. He is involved with the Communist Party; her other son, Sug, is in jail for that. The authorities are investigating, trying to get information about Party meetings and members.

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Thirst | Ivo Andric

A newly married commander is called to duty when bandits are reported in the area. He leads the search for Lazar, the bandits’ chief.

A New England Nun | Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman

Louisa Ellis has lived alone a long time and is used to doing things her own way. Fourteen years ago, she promised to marry Joe Dagget when he returned from seeking his fortune in Australia. Joe returns and it’s time to fulfill her promise.

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A White Heron | Sarah Orne Jewett

Nine-year-old Sylvia lives in the country and has a strong connection to animals and nature. One day, a young man, a hunter, comes through the area and stays with Sylvia and her grandmother. He is looking for a rare heron to add to his collection.

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