Complete summary of Charles Baxter’s Gryphon. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Gryphon. Gryphon by Charles Baxter – book cover, description, publication history. Cet article étudie la nouvelle «Gryphon» de Charles Baxter en la plaçant dans le cadre de l’histoire intellectuelle et pédagogique allant de l’âge des Lumières.

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I really enjoyed this short story, published inabout an alarmingly unusual substitute fourth-grade teacher in rural Michigan. Hibler develops a cough, Miss Ferenczi steps in as the new substitute teacher. Everything about her is strange, her clothes, the deep lines on her face, and her curious way of talking to the children.

That was very good. Will the plants on the windowsill be hurt? Your dogs and cats, or your moms and dads? They are uncomfortable, but they want to hear what she says. She talks about the Egyptians and pyramids, about planets and diamonds, Beethoven and Mozart, and of angels. She tells them of the time an old man in Egypt showed her a strange animal, a monster, she says, half bird, half lion, called a gryphon. When Carl Whiteside says he thinks Miss Ferenczi is lying about the gryphon, Tommy runs to a dictionary at home for proof of its existence.


He shouts with triumph when he finds the word.

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All is seemingly forgotten when Mr. Hibler comes back and the class returns to the predictable routine of school. The sun fades the Halloween display and Tommy secretly measures the shorter days with tiny marks on the wall. This time she brings Tarot cards and invites the children to hear their futures. The story turns with these predictions and Tommy has to decide what to believe. I grypohn how the author makes subtle references dharles what life is like for Tommy and people in his town.

Is there any question why Tommy and his class would want to believe her? This is a great view into the small coming-of-age moments of childhood. These are grpyhon things that make great storytelling! Charles Baxter is an award-winning American author of five novels, many short stories, poetry and essays.

Gryphon: New and Selected Stories

His most recent novel, The Soul Thief, was published in Gryphon — New and Selected Stories was published in He currently teaches at the University of Minnesota. Strange, Superstitions and possiblities. I have got to get my hands on this book full of Baxters tales.

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Charles Baxter’s “Gryphon”: A Postmodernist Substitute in a Traditional Classroom

Is the gryphon real or a myth? Is the teacher telling the truth? Charles Baxter Charles Baxter is an award-winning American author of five novels, many short stories, poetry and essays.

Thanks for visiting — come back soon! It’s nice to share! Thi s sounds like it could be a Halloween story! Thanks for sharing and introducing him to us.

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