SHOULD WIZARD HIT MOMMY ( JOHN UPDIKE ): SHOULD WIZARD HIT MOMMY ( JOHN UPDIKE ) Presented by Johnson John (PGT English) Summary: Summary In the evenings and for Saturday naps Jack told his daughter Jo, aged four, the same story with slight variations. One day he altered the story radically in order to demonstrate a principle of social behaviour . This time the story was told of a smelly skunk. Summary contd.: Summary contd. None of the animals played with the skunk because of his foul smell. Summary contd.: Summary contd. A wizard changed his smell to a smell of roses. Then all the animals played with him. Summary contd.: Summary contd. But the skunk’s mother got angry because he didn’t smell as usual and she went to the wizard and had the normal smell brought back. Summary contd.: Summary contd. The child didn’t like the story. She thought that the mother should be restrained from making the wizard give him back the bad old smell. We know that actually the father wanted to teach his daughter a lesson in self acceptance because in the end all the animals accepted the skunk as he was. VOCABULARY: VOCABULARY Nap – to sleep briefly especially during the day Variation – change Wizard – a wise man skilled in magic Fatiguing – tiring Zest – enthusiasm Humiliation – disgrace Tug – pull Relapse – to fall back into former state VOCABULARY contd.: VOCABULARY contd. Curtly – firmly Rapped – tapped Infantile – childlike Scrunching – crumple Rheumy – water discharge from eyes Rummaged – searched Rapt – wholly absorbed Feigning – pretending Skitter – to run or move very quickly or lightly VOCABULARY contd.: VOCABULARY contd. Astounded – highly surprised Gingerly – hesitatingly or carefully Moldings – decorative strips on a piece of furniture. Pretense- the act of behaving in a way to make other people believe what is not true. SHOULD WIZARD HIT MOMMY: SHOULD WIZARD HIT MOMMY This story is about the world view of a little child’ and the difficult moral question she raises during the story session with her father.