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Two short stories You gave my hyacinths by Janette Turner Hospital and The girls in their summer dresses by Irwin Shaw explore serious human sexual desires Both stories share a tone of desperation in them The main characters carry external conflicts with the minor characters In both stories the main characters go through a situation in which they are to bring a change to themselves by changing the minor characters behavior and attitude but end up learning something from them and living normal lives In each of the stories the main character tries the change the minor characters attitude but instead ends up loosing and learning something off them In Janettes book the teacher wants to change Delliss attitude improve her and at least make her finish high school but instead ends up learning from her that the only reason she hated her was because the person she loved Gian liked her and wanted to lay her This is clearly shown when Dellis and the teacher are walking by Gians house Gian says youre beautiful Gian says that you he says he would like to thats why I hated you But now I dont 80 For the teacher this is a big blow Due to this she learns the reason why Dellis hated her and she ends up learning something new instead of teaching her On the other hand Frances in Irwins book experiences similar conflict She wishes to change Michael and wants him not to look at other woman around him and only to be concentrating at her and to start spending some time with her This can be seen when these couples are walking through the streets of New York Frances says I have an Idea lets just hang around with each other you and me were always up to our neck in people drinking their scotch or drinking our scotch we only see each other in bed4 However she later understands
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