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Title:
Three Women
Plot:
A writer is pressed by his publisher to alter the ending of his book in order to take fuller advantage of the character of his heroine. The writer hesitates with the premonition that the character crafted by him might actually be alive
Episode:
0023
Air Dates:
First Run - January 28, 1974
Repeat - January 7, 1979
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5 Responses to Episode 0023


Not the ending I predicted: I thought that after the new pages were published, the character would become a real woman. Not a bad episode. Kind of Twilight Zone-y. Drama; questioned supernatural elements.

Really weird story about a married guy who writes a novel in which the main character, a woman named Clarissa, dies at the end. A man offering to publish the book says he'll do it only under the condition that the writer re-do the final 10 pages and let her live. But the writer refuses, because he's hopelessly in love with the character and believes the only way to stop her from ruining his marriage is to kill her. Clarissa, however, agrees with the publisher. Yep, this figment of imagination can talk, at least in the writer's head, anyway. On one level, this story is so stupid and silly. But on another, it's enjoyable mystery/fantasy, as long as you suspend all logic. I fall to the latter, and put it in the top three I've listened to so far.

The trope about characters in a story coming to life is something that I've seen in other horror fiction--and in plays such as Pirandello's "Six Characters in Search of an Author." It was impossible trying to decide if the fictional character here was merely a figment of the imagination or real--obviously, she outlives the writer. And, she murders him, but it is mostly out of desperation and fear for her own life. I don't think that the writer intended for her to be a sympathetic character, but I did have a modicum of sympathy for her. And the jealousy of the author when the idea of the ghost writer falling in love with Clarissa and her having his baby is priceless!

I love Ms. Eric's writing style and she portrays her characters well. I imagine Clarissa was as beautiful as Ms. Eric. I would be truly disappointed if her disposition towards love was as self-centered as Clarissa's. Merely gazing into eyes of Ms. Eric, I could imagine the deep seated feelings in that compassionate gentleman wtiter's soul. Loosing his ideal woman with blinders on, he was blind-sided by her own character flaw, not loving anyone other than herself. Clarissa and some other man having his baby, engulfed him so, it kept him from the joy of raising his own flesh and blood. There would have been no success in a sequel, after all. The essence of Clarissa would have killed her off the pages preventing motherhood of any paper child at all.

Interesting ghost story, as it seems to me. More interesting was that the ghost got killed off at the end, almost accelerated by her own "hand".

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