There’s always something that is both hidden and in plain sight at the same time in Hugh Cron’s stories, and Jim’s Aunts definitely has that quality in abundance. Although it is a short piece, all the words tell and the thing that it causes to form early on in the back of your head comes to light with the final sentence–even though it is also open ended.
Q: The repetition of juniper and cloves is effectively attached to the aunts. The association is made without the expense of many words. Did this come about naturally, or did you make an active decision here?
Q: I believe that Jim’s “attraction” was perfectly normal in having to lug around a penis sort of way. And I could see, in a way, how all those years of fantasizing would lead him to action. What do you think happened? I think they got him drunk and drew on his face with a Sharpie myself. All the while laughing.
Thanks as always – It was fun thinking on this once again.
Q1. It was a sort of realisation. I think when you smell gin for the first time it is so unique and pungent, the memory of where you came across it will always be clear in your mind.
I think I enjoyed the scent of gin a lot more than I enjoyed the taste. (…To begin with!) I’ve always wanted to be able to enjoy a G&T, but I think tonic tastes like sick. So I stick to my gin, straight up, just like all the characters in the story.
Q.2 That is a cracking question and I’m not really sure. I reckon if I could answer that with any realism and conviction that would tell you more about the inspiration!!
They could just have drunk him under the table and laughed. But there is something at the back of my mind that makes me think of the randy old ladies as per Harry Enfield and the wonderful Kathy Burke. (Look them up)
I’m not exactly sure why he had such a fascination for them. Maybe the twinkle in their eyes did more for him than anything. But let’s be honest most young guys really do read nothing as interest and that is why they end up very disappointed.
No matter what, I hope they all enjoyed each others company in whatever way!!
Thanks again – I can’t tell you how much revisiting this mean to me!!!