These were included with the copy of Breakfast at Tiffany's I checked out of the library.
There are three such stories, and this is the longest of those.
It did not concern them that Ottilie was a native. You have brains, Baby told her...
Ottilie was often afraid that her friends would discover that she could neither read nor write.
had each at a young age lain with her in some green and shadowy place.
After five months or so, Royal begins acting just as if he is single again, going off and spending his nights and days with the men. Old Bonaparte, whom Ottilie resents mightily for treating her so badly, plays tricks and puts a spell on Ottilie, though the old woman is unaware that Ottilie is 'cooking' up her own black magic, literally, in the food she prepares for the greedy woman, who eats and eats as much as she can possibly hold at every meal. Though once Old Bonaparte has died, Ottilie becomes bored with Royal always gone, and realizes "that Old Bonaparte was dead but not gone." I did a small snort-laugh as Ottilie talks of seeing "a watching eye." I was thinking of Stephanie Plum and Joe's grandmother always threatening to give people "the eye." It still makes me smile. Though that's all the humor I got from this story.
Finally Royal is convinced Ottilie is mad and ties her to a tree while he is gone for the day, with no food or water. And it is this day that Baby and Rosita travel to the village to visit her. When they accuse Royal of beating her and tying her in the yard like a dog, Ottilie defends him,
And, that, my dear reader, is the end. Yeah... I'm hard pressed to determine the point of this missive, except perhaps that she is now cursed, just as Old Bonaparte desired? I found it off-putting and a bit nonsensical overall. I can only surmise we are to interpret it as we will. So the bees didn't sting her, but Royal basically does? Or that this is the way with all men, they get a woman, essentially entrap her, isolating them in a remote 'sweet-smelling' flower-covered house, then return to their bachelor-type lifestyle? And truly, this is so depressing, considering how indicative it is of the lives lived by many young females around the world--sexually assaulted/raped as a young child, prostitution the only viable self-supporting 'job,' and then abused by her partner's family and then finally by him. Ugh... They are typically illiterate and totally unable to advocate for their own life in any way. They are unaware of any other possibility.
was developed by Capote and Harold Arlen and played in 1954.
It even had a 'happily-ever-after' ending...trust me, this story did not.
It seemingly, just ended, with that last paragraph above.
What is your interpretation?
Have you read any of Capote's shortest literary works?