These stories have characters that show loyalty to others and to principles they believe in.
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.
“A White Heron” can be read in the Amazon preview of A White Heron and Other Stories.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Tip-Top Club | Garrison Keillor
Bud Swenson is the host of the Tip-Top Club, a radio show with a loyal listener base. The show’s focus is practical tips for living and positivity. The listeners love Bud and love the show. Calls are screened to ensure that only fans who will stay on appropriate topics will get thru.
Read “The Tip-Top Club” (Ctl + F the title)