Critique of The Personal Touch Rachael Caney 22164324
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The short story, The Personal Touch by Chet Williamson is a very deceitful and secretive
story which includes a man Joe and his secretive relationship with a young women called
Miss Squires. The setting is descibed at home where the only character that is known is Mr
Priddy himself. There are other characters in the story who are mentioned such as Joe’s
wife Mary and Hank, Marys brother. These are flat characters as they are mentioned but do
not actually take part in the story. The flat character David Michaelson from the
surveillance company is also a prime character in the story although the reader is ...view middle of the document...
. The story
then portrays that in fact the person or person’s who are fully aware of what Mr Priddy is
up to actually know exactly how much money he has. ‘ Joe got up, envelope and letter in
hand, and went to the bedroom to get out the shoe box he had hidden, the one with the
money he’d been squirreling away for an outboard motor, the money Mary didn’t even
know about’. The author also states after Joe reads the letter ‘ Wha, Joe could feel the
blood leave his face’. This reaction tells the reader that Joe had realised he is in some
It could be suggested that it is in actual fact Hank, Mary’s brother who is aware of what Joe
has been up to, after all Hank and Joe had watched a young girl undress in her apartment
across the courtyard. Hank had also initially subscribed Joe to ‘Snoop’ the magazine of
electronic and personal surveillance. “ As a joke”, he’d said winking at Joe lasciviously. This
could have been a plot to make Joe pay for his mistakes.
The letters sent to Mr Priddy had also been set out on a word processor clearly indicating
what Joe had been up to. The story is full of deceit and lies and Joe quite clearly feels
uneasy. The letter stated ‘ You’ll learn techniques similar to those that led...