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Discovering The Path in Mrs. Todd's Shortcut

Discussion in 'Skeleton Crew' started by Christine62, Feb 26, 2014.

  1. Christine62

    Christine62 Well-Known Member

    Mr. King loves to drive and a true writer, he notes everything--roads, highways, byways--or maybe he just looks up the names on Rand McNally but he doesn't mindlessly drive down these small little turn offs --he eyes them and maybe he sees shapes of green and splashes of blue that are there but we don't see them because we aren't looking. Mr. King looks, and listens and smells and feels --that's how he knows there are secret places in them thar wood.

    I love this story--it clings to me--it's ephemeral like the mist rising in through the leaves and branches leaving little droplets of mystery. This is language with a light hand. I can't pin it down but this one tells a story but stronger it leaves you with an other worldly feeling. This one leave me with ache of longing. It's one to emulate.
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  2. mustangclaire

    mustangclaire There's petrol runnin' through my veins.

    I wish I was as eloquent as you other posters, but I'll say this. I love this story, it's so descriptive. I often think about this tale on the tedious school run, wishing I could find one of her short cuts. :wink2:
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  3. HollyGolightly

    HollyGolightly Well-Known Member

    Well, you've inspired me to go back and re-read it - it's be a long time ago that I read it, so time for a re-read. I do remember loving it, and vaguely remember wishing I was Mrs. Todd, so I'll check back in tomorrow morning and let you know my thoughts.
  4. bobbo

    bobbo Member

    Wow, but--wow! Mizz Christine, but you can WRITE! Enjoyed your short post very much (and by the bye, agree completely about this one from long ago. I actually read "Mrs. Todd's Shortcut" in an issue of REDBOOK that my Mom saved for me when she noticed my "new favorite writer" at the time had a short story included. Blew my mind, for sure.
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2014
  5. Chuggs

    Chuggs Well-Known Member

    I love that story as well. I like stories that are told in the style of that one; that being where someone is recalling something. Love, love, love it.
  6. Doty

    Doty Member

    I love driving in the countryside without a destination. Quite often I recall this story while doing so. I, too, loved Mrs. Todds Shortcut!
  7. Shoe

    Shoe Ka 'n' stuff

    Nothing like driving thru a Thinny!
  8. Out of Order

    Out of Order Need More Time

    Who hasn't looked for a shortcut?
  9. fushingfeef

    fushingfeef Uber-in-waiting

    I agree Christine, this is one of my all-time favorites, something about it resonates with me. I think it's the idea that there are other ways if we could only open our eyes and minds to them. I think unintentionally Mr. King may have been trying to show that these shortcuts are a metaphor for imagination--there's a whole world around us that people often seem to ignore, and the Mrs. Todds of the world see and use to their advantage.
  10. Van Blaricum

    Van Blaricum Deleted User

    When I first read this story I was floored. I loved it so so much! It reminds as well of Crouch's End( is that a thing? ), but this one is my favorite.
  11. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    Crouch End was quite scary too and yes it is a story by Stephen King!

    StephenKing.com - Crouch End
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  12. krwhiting

    krwhiting Well-Known Member

    Great story. I'm also a fan of just driving around, taking roads I haven't seen before. I had to cut back on that with gas prices so high, but now I could start up again. I've lived in Idaho, New York, Massachusetts, Washington and Louisiana. I've traveled a lot, almost always driving, and spent a lot of time in Georgia, Virginia, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania. I really enjoy the terrain and surroundings when I drive.

    But I've never cared much to find the shortest path. I like to wander my way there.

  13. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    That's how I got to find my way around the city of Winnipeg - kept going back and forth across bridges all the time, too! (Winnipeg is at the confluence of the Red River and Assiniboine River).

    Great way to find your way around and better than trying to use a map (for me, anyway).
  14. RichardX

    RichardX Well-Known Member

    I enjoyed this one as well. I couldn't help wondering though how it would be written today in the age of GPS. Mrs. Todd could have knocked herself out with that. Shortest time, route, scenic. LOL.
    I didn't think the romantic angle worked all that well and kind of spoiled the ending. It seemed a bit contrived like King said to himself how do I fade to black here and tie this one up. Better to have left it more ambiguous in my opinion.
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  15. doowopgirl

    doowopgirl very avid fan

    Mrs. Todd never had the need or the use for GPS. The places she was going never would have turned up anyway. Love the story. It just works.
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