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The Thirteenth Tale – Discussion Question #5

November 7, 2006

The title of this novel is taken from the title of Miss Winter’s first book, Thirteen Tales of Change and Desperation, a collection of twelve stories with a mysterious thirteenth left out at the last minute before publication. How is this symbolic of the novel? What is the thirteenth tale?

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  1. November 9, 2006 4:54 pm

    I’m assuming that the thirteenth tale is the story of Miss Winter’s childhood. Perhaps she thought that she would release the story on her own accord at some point, but fame and attention caused her to reconsider.

  2. November 11, 2006 4:50 pm

    I believed there might have been a transformation and that she didn’t seem intelligent or talk because she was in her sisters shadow. Although I questioned it because she was so mean and destructive. I knew there wasn’t a ghost, but wasn’t sure what it all meant.

  3. November 11, 2006 4:51 pm

    I was asuming each story may have been a piece of Miss Winter’s, and that The Thirteenth Tale was an accumulation of her life or how she had seen her life through the eyes of a child.

  4. November 13, 2006 1:10 pm

    I thought it was a fitting title, especially after she gave a copy of her unfinished Thirteenth Tale to the autobiographer (I’m blanking on the main character’s name!). The thirteenth tale was a mystery, just like Miss Winter’s life!

  5. Lori permalink
    April 20, 2007 1:57 pm

    Miss Winters, at the begining of her story, states that her stories are good because they have a begining a middle and an end.

    The thirteenth tale was a begining and it needed a middle and an end.

    It was left out as she was left out.

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