Friday, 6 May 2011

Short Story Form 4: Fruitcake Specials


The Fruitcake Special is the  story if the effects of a perfume on men. It was accidentally created by Anna, a chemist. When Mr Amos gets a whiff of the perfume he feels he is in love with Anna and so invites her out for dinner. He does not behave like a man in love and Anna is surprised and upset. When she wears the Fruitcake perfume again, Mr Amos and a waiter become enticed and both make declarations of love to her. The situation become chaotic when a fight ensues between two men.

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  • Illusion vs Reality
  • Be realistic in life
  • Appearances can be misleading
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  • We should not be taken in flattery.
  • We must not be too proud of our looks.
  • We must not belittle other people.

  • EXPOSITION – Anna creates a Fruitcake perfume and dabs on it. Mr Amos becomes intoxicated with her when he gets a whiff of it. Anna is very surprise with this sudden interest.
  • CONFLICT – During dinner, Mr Amos is not as attentive as he was in the morning. Anna dabs on the Fruitcake perfume in the ladies room.
  • CLIMAX – Mr Amos becomes enamoured and makes declarations of love to her. A waiter also makes love declarations to her. A fight starts between Mr Amos, the waiter and Sabrina, Mr Amos’ girlfriend. Anna realises it is the effects of the fruitcake perfume.
  • FALLING ACTION – Anna wants to find the ‘special something’ in the fruitcake but is unable to.
  • RESOLUTION – Anna resigns from Amos Cosmetics and she settles for the pizza delivery man, Armstrong, who has his own pizza company.
  • Main characters
  1. Anna, the narrator
  2. David Amos, owner of Amos Cosmetics
  • Minor characters
  1. Narrator’s mother
  2. Narrator’s Aunt Mimi
  3. Waiter at restaurant
  4. Sabina, David Amos’ girlfriend
  5. Armstrong, the pizza delivery man
For more reading on the characters of this short story, please click on this link 


  • First person point of view

  • Light-hearted and humorous
  • Comedic and entertaining

  • Simple and easy to understand the language