Microfiction challenge #17: A satisfied couple – Gertrude and Stein


Image: Antos Frolka

Gertrude and Stein were feeling very pleased with themselves.

The morning service had been as they expected, espousing the superiority of the German race over all others. So they were both feeling confident and smug as they made their way home.

In their pockets they had their papers and in this day and age papers were what it was all about. Your papers got you places, they opened doors and most importantly they proved your legitimacy.

Grootenberg, their neighbour, had been refusing to sell his land to Gertrude and Stein. Gertrude and Stein claimed the land was theirs and could prove that two hundred years ago Stein’s grandfather had gifted Grootenberg’s grandfather the land.

Under the present law it was just a matter of time before Grootenberg and his family would be shipped off and Gertrude didn’t care where as she had grown to detest the Jewish family with their strange dress and odd religious practice.

Times were changing and she read the paper daily now of expulsions and evictions happened all over Germany. Now days the Grootenbergs could be seen clearly with their yellow stars of David attached to everything they wore. They stood out and the law said they were the cause of the country’s current economic crisis.

So today with the law and God on their side they began to make plans to farm the land next door, soon to be acquired for little to no cost.


Written for: https://janedougherty.wordpress.com/2016/10/09/microfiction-challenge-17-a-satisfied-couple/

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8 Responses to Microfiction challenge #17: A satisfied couple – Gertrude and Stein

  1. Lyn says:

    Ha!! I’ve got news for Gertrude and Stein and it’s all bad 🙂

  2. I’m afraid it was thoughts like yours that passed through my mind when I saw the date of the painting. I hope G & S lived in what became the DDR. Serve them right.

  3. Lynn Love says:

    Very clever use of the painting – especially as Jane says, because if the date. Chilling, the way Gertrude’s mind works and I’m sure some did feel this way and were quite happy to take advantage of the situation.
    A great take on the picture Michael

  4. mandibelle16 says:

    Interesting take Michael, going back to Nazi Germany. It’s terrible and disgusting people thought as the Nazi’s did. It doesn’t even make sense, it’s just how they get to do what they want. To make more money and support their own hatefulness and misery. I hope they got there’s when the war ended.

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