Thursday

Mr Knoppert had wandered into the kitchen one evening for a bite of something before dinner, and had happened to notice that a couple of snails in the china bowl on the draining board


were behaving very oddly. Standing more or less on their tails, they were weaving before each other for all the world like a pair of snakes hypnotized by a flute player. A moment later, their faces came together in a kiss of voluptuous intensity. Mr Knoppert bent closer and studied them from all angles. Something else was happening: a protuberance like an ear was appearing on the right side of the head of both snails. His instinct told him that he was watching a sexual activity of some kind....

Mr Knoppert told the cook that the snails were not to be served that evening. He took the bowl of them up to his study. And snails were never again served in the Knoppert household.

Patricia Highsmith, “The Snail-Watcher”

6 comments:

  1. It reveals the darker side of the human psyche, it also shows how obsession can take control of your life. xx

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  2. Scariest story I EVER read. It still haunts me 30 years later. And I HATE snails.

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  3. Doing this in English right now! So amazing :D I think her use of setting really reflects whats going on in Mr Knopperts mind.

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  4. I have to do this English project for snails? ruh roh

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  5. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that story!

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