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Noel by Michael Plemmons

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Title: “Noel”
Author: Michael Plemmons
Date of Publication: 1985
Genre: Short Story

Michael Plemmons is an American author of short stories and novels. His most well-known fiction work is the historical novel “Fianna”, which deals with the Irish-American Fenian invasions of Canada. His short stories have been mostly published in literary magazines and anthologies.

Summary

It is Christmas Eve, and Mrs. Hathaway is getting seventeen children, boys and girls, ready for being displayed to childless pensioners and couples who are shopping for a child to spend Christmas with. The children are rented for only 48 hours. The first couple arrives and asks for a girl. Mrs. Overton presents the girls until the couple decides to take Melinda. Most shoppers look for girls, but by the end of the day, all the children are rented except for two pre-teen boys. Mrs. Overton mildly scolds Mrs. Hathaway for displaying them and then leaves the office. Mrs. Hathaway takes the two boys upstairs for bed.

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It is Christmas Eve, and Mrs. Hathaway is getting seventeen children, boys and girls, ready for being displayed to childless pensioners and couples who are shopping for a child to spend Christmas with. The children are rented for only 48 hours. The first couple arrives and asks for a girl. Mrs. Overton presents the girls until the couple decides to take Melinda. Most shoppers look for girls, but by the end of the day, all the children are rented except for two pre-teen boys. Mrs. Overton mildly scolds Mrs. Hathaway for displaying them and then leaves the office. Mrs. Hathaway takes the two boys upstairs for bed.

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