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A christmas memory truman capote

A Christmas Memory: Truman Capote

This story, "A Christmas Memory," is a nonfiction reminence of one fond

memory of Capotes'.

A distant relative of Truman Capote's, Sook Faulk, took care of him

through his childhood. Sook dubbed Truman with the nickname "Buddy," after a

former best friend. During one November morning, when Buddy was seven, Sook

decided it was fruitcake weather. She called him to get their buggy and her hat

to go pick pecans. Queenie, their terrier who has survived illness and snake

bites, follows them on their errand. After picking pecans for three hours,

Buddy and Sook began hulling their buggyload. The discussion during dinnertime

was the need of materials to make the cakes, and the lack of funding to do so.

Sook and Buddy begin reminiscing about how they managed to gather their meager

sums. People in the house donate a dime or two. Buddy and Sook make some money

by selling jams and jellies, rounding up flowers for funerals and weddings,

rummage sales, contests, and even a Fun and Freak museum. The secret fund is

hidden in an old beaded purse under a loose board in the floor. They never

remove the purse from under Sook's bed unless making a deposit or a ten-cent

withdrawal on Saturdays. She allots Buddy ten cents to go to the picture show

each Saturday. Sook has never visited one before, but asks Buddy to go instead

to come back and tell she the stories of the picture show. After dinner, Sook

and Buddy retire to a room in a faraway part of the house where her sleep's at

night, to count their treasure. When finished counting, Buddy declares the

total was thirteen dollars. Sook, being a very superstitious person, throws a

penny out of the window. The next morning Sook and Buddy go to town to purchase

the necessary ingredients for the cakes. Whiskey, the most expensive and

hardest to obtain ingredient was needed to complete the day's shopping. Since

whiskey sale was forbidden by law, they had to travel to Mr. Haha Jones for it.

Mr. Haha owned a "sinful" bar near the river. When Sook receives a bottle of

whiskey in exchange for a fruitcake, she decides to add an extra cup of raisins

in his cake. The two go home and begin to make their cakes. These cakes where

intended for friends or acquaintances, not necessarily neighbor friends. They

sent most to people they have met once, or maybe not at all. The thank-you note

cards sent in return made them feel connected to the world. After sending the

fruitcakes off and spending all of their savings, Sook decides to celebrate with

the two inches of whiskey left in the bottle. The thought of drinking straight

whiskey somewhat bothered them. Since they have never experienced it before,

they began tasting. Prancing around the kitchen, giddy and happy, two angry

relatives enter. They began to scold Sook and blamed her for corrupting a child

of seven. As Sook looks down and blows her nose on her flowered skirt, she runs

to her room to cry. Buddy follows her and tries to comfort her. He reminds her

of tomorrow's plans, finding a Christmas Tree and Holly. Sook promises to find

the best tree and the best holly for them. The next day they walk around the

forest in search of a tree on Christmas Eve afternoon. They picked a tree that

was twice as tall as Buddy and very strong. Buddy and Sook wheeled the large

tree home in their buggy to decorate. People passing by complimented them on

such a wonderful tree, and some even offered to buy it. They made ornaments to

decorate the tree out of colored paper, crayons, and tin foil. They each made

kites for each other, and bought Queenie a beef bone. During the night, Sook

could not sleep. She woke-up Buddy and they talked until the sun rose. Sook

wanted so badly to buy Buddy a bike for Christmas, but couldn't afford one for

him. She told him that she made him a kite, and he confesses that he made one

for her, also. When day breaks, they hurry downstairs to make noise, and awaken

the other relatives. Buddy was disappointed in the gifts he received from his

relatives. Sook points out to him that the wind is blowing and they should fly

their kites together.

This was their last Christmas together. Buddy was sent to military

school, prisons, and camps. He had a new home, but felt that it was incomplete

without his friend. Sook remained in the small town and wrote him regularly.

Queenie passed away during one winter and was buried with her favorite bones in

Simpson's pasture. Sook continued to bake fruitcakes until she could not,

sending Buddy the ‘best of the batch'. In every letter she enclosed a dime

wadded in toilet paper. She asked him to watch a picture show, and write her

back the story. After a while she started to confused Buddy with the other

Buddy she knew, and she stayed in bed more than just the thirteenth of every

month. Sook passed away and left an irreplaceable part of Buddy empty.

Sometimes, he searches the sky for two lost kites, like hearts, hurrying toward

the sky.

Opinion Paragraph:

My impression of this selection was that Capote wrote it from the heart.

This story made me feel like apart of the memory. It made me see all sides of

the story and gave descriptions of the characters feelings and thoughts. The

story made me realize that people young or old can be your best friend. I felt

as though there was a lot of love between them. They had no other close family

who cared about each other, as much as they did. Capote wrote this story to let

people know about his childhood and struggle after being separated from his best

friend. The description of the setting and atmosphere made me feel like I was

actually there. It was a very emotional story and I participated in the

emotions, along with the characters. I enjoyed this selection throughly.

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