Short stories by Christine Weston
Christine de Marquetiere Goutiere Weston (31 August 1903 – 4 May 1989) was an India-born American fiction writer. She was born in Unnao, now in Uttar Pradesh, British India, the daughter of George Henry Goutière, a British indigo planter of French descent, and Alice Luard Wintle, also born in British India. In 1923 she married American businessman Robert Weston, and moved with him to the United States, where she began a writing career. Weston's second novel, The Devil's Foot (1942), was described by Dawn Powell as handling "an American story with the dexterity and subtlety of Henry James." Indigo (1943), set in India, is generally considered her best work and made her reputation as a psychological novelist. The Dark Wood (1946) also received good reviews and the rights were bought by Twentieth-Century Fox. The film was cast in 1946 with Maureen O'Hara and Tyrone Power in the lead roles, and Otto Preminger directing, but was never produced. Weston also wrote The World is a Bridge (1950) and two non-fiction books about Ceylon and Afghanistan. In total she produced 10 novels, over 30 short stories (mostly for New York City magazines), 2 non-fiction books, and Bhimsa, the Dancing Bear (1945), a 1946 Newbery Honorchildren's book. Weston divorced her husband in 1951 but later remarried. At the time of the divorce they were living in Castine, Maine, and she wrote some of her later fiction about New England. She spent the later part of her life in Bangor, Maine. Weston won a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1940.
Listing 4 stories.
A pessimistic tour-guide in Dehli grows frustrated with his life while working to prevent his naïve American tourists from being scammed by merchants and beggars.
A handsome seventeen-year-old boy coincidentally meets his girlfriend at the vacation home of a rich neighbor and tries to persuade her to live life at his pace.
A middle-aged woman embarks on a brief psychological quest into the jungles of India to look for her husband, who has not returned from a hunting trip late at night.
In British India, tales of the supernatural inspire a young English girl and her brother to chase an elusive ghost, despite their parents' skepticism.