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"Noel, Texas, 1956": Was Tiny justified in her anger? Did you find the ending funny or tragic?

Created: 11/04/19

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davinamw

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"Noel, Texas, 1956": Was Tiny justified in her anger? Did you find the ending funny or tragic?

What did you think of the story "Noel, Texas, 1956", narrated by a woman named Tiny from her roof? Was she justified in her anger? Did you find the ending, where an errant Christmas toy dropped from an airplane killing an elderly shepherd, funny or tragic?


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peggyt

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RE: "Noel, Texas, 1956": Was Tiny justified in her anger? Did you find the ending funny or tragic?

It did seem she had some things to be displeased about but I’m not sure about the way she decided to express her anger. This story somewhat reminded me of “Why I Live at the P.O.” by Eudora Welty. I hate to confess it but the ending made me laugh out loud.


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dianeh

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RE: "Noel, Texas, 1956": Was Tiny justified in her anger? Did you find the ending funny or tragic?

This entire story could be made into a cartoon with the three stooges. It was funny in a ridiculous way but, it was also sad and depressing. Tiny's thoughts are somewhat chaotic. She thinks one thing, puts it to writing and then changes her mind and corrects her initial comment.(Kate)
The ending was laugh out loud funny.


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kimk

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RE: "Noel, Texas, 1956": Was Tiny justified in her anger? Did you find the ending funny or tragic?

This was one of my favorite stories. I thought the whole thing was very funny.


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caroler

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RE: "Noel, Texas, 1956": Was Tiny justified in her anger? Did you find the ending funny or tragic?

How did all the people in all these stories afford Jim Beam? Did Rex and Tyler ever look back and say, “How in the hell did we survive that Christmas Eve?” Did they remember? Yes, story was funny. How often have I wished I could remove myself from a gathering and block it out?


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MarieA

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RE: "Noel, Texas, 1956": Was Tiny justified in her anger? Did you find the ending funny or tragic?

This is one of the few stories that made me laugh. It provided a bit of comic relief from some of the tragedy and pathos seen in other stories.


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Maggie

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RE: "Noel, Texas, 1956": Was Tiny justified in her anger? Did you find the ending funny or tragic?

Tiny on the roof was funny. Too many people....I would also want to be on the roof! The ending was funny.


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Lole

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Seems to me Tiny was allowed to be as angry as she wanted--a surprise Christmas Eve party with 80 people including relatives she wasn't shy about disliking after they lost the "household help"! But the way she expressed her angry feelings was very amusing. I too laughed out loud at the ending--no good deed ever goes unpunished.


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skagitgrits

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RE: "Noel, Texas, 1956": Was Tiny justified in her anger? Did you find the ending funny or tragic?

Justification in her anger was not the point. She simply didn't like the people in her family. LOL! I found the whole story to be ridiculously funny.


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jennie r

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RE: "Noel, Texas, 1956": Was Tiny justified in her anger? Did you find the ending funny or tragic?

I found the story funny, yet also depressingly sad. Yes, I felt Tiny was justified in being angry...her husband was cheating on her AND invited way too many people over at the last minute for a Christmas party. This story in particular made me wonder how much actually happened (if any!) and how much was fiction. I did have to laugh at the ending.


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Elizabeth Marie

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RE: "Noel, Texas, 1956": Was Tiny justified in her anger? Did you find the ending funny or tragic?

I do think Tiny was justified in her anger. I loved the way she described the people and events in her life. I found the ending both funny and tragic. Berlin has a way of finding both humor and pathos in her stories.


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dianaps

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RE: "Noel, Texas, 1956": Was Tiny justified in her anger? Did you find the ending funny or tragic?

I saw it as sadly funny.


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