Lucy Beck
~QWERTYUIOP by Vivian Alcock

~The Fruitcake Special by Frank Brennan

~Gulp and Gasp by John Townsend

Choose any one of the short stories or drama above and answer the question below using details from the short story or drama that you have read :

Describe what happens at the end of the story.
Explain why you like or dislike the ending.

Support your answer with close references to the text.

Based on the list given, our group had decided to present on QWERTYUIOP by Vivian Alcock, the wife to a famous author named Leon Garfield.
By the end of this mysterious story, we know that Lucy Beck had succeed to get rid of the Miss Broome’s spirit from Ross and Bannister’s office. Lucy Beck, the harmless young lady had applied for a position as a secretary in a big firm named Ross and Bannister’s. On her first day of working in Ross and Bannister’s, Lucy was surprised when she kept repeating such a nonsense mistakes – typing QWERTYUIOP all over in the letter. From that, she met the spirit of Miss Broome. She asked Harry Darke – the handyman of Ross and Bannister’s. By asking the old man Harry Darke, Lucy Beck discovered about Miss Broome – a previous long time secretary, who now haunts her typewriter. However, Lucy decided to stay and take on the typewriter, which had be haunted by Miss Broome’s spirit. With her wit, Lucy pursued Miss Broome by communicating with her through the typewriter. Lucy asked Miss Broome to go with Mr Bannister, who also had died a few years back. Lucy told Miss Broome that Mr Bannister needs her services in where he is now. At last, Miss Broome’s spirit relented and Lucy bid her goodbye by typing a goodbye letter to her. Finally, Lucy Beck had the chances to finish up all her works quietly and she totally surprised her boss, Mr Ross when claimed that she had no problem with the electronic typewriter. She then, become the new secretary on Ross and Bannister’s.

We like the ending because Lucy can done her work peacefully and finally secures her job at Ross and Bannister’s. Lucy is greeted by Harry Darke, a retired employee who has been reemployed and works as the office boy to work with the firm, Ross and Bannister’s . Lucy soon discovered that she is not the only secretary that apply for the position in Ross and Bannister’s . When she started to type her first letter, she discovered that the letter was full of strange mistakes. The letter QWERTYUIOP appeared and repeated over and over. Later, she asked Harry Darke about the mysterious incident. Before Lucy Beck, there were other secretaries that had applied for the secretary position. But, all the secretaries cannot stand for long because Miss Broome’s spirit keep disturbing them. So, Lucy tried to appease the ghost of Miss Broome and communicate with her. Lucy pursued Miss Broome’s spirit that Mr. Bannister need someone to look after him. Lucy has finally made her peace in the afterlife. Lastly, Lucy can concentrate on her work in Ross and Bannister’s.

Besides, Lucy can now focus on changing her life after tired of being poor. For example, she was sick of her second-hand clothes and fed up with macaroni cheese and baked beans. She taught that it is a passport to a better life. Then, she also learns to be more compassionate with Uncle Bert. She tried to understand and help her mother to make a change in their family. On the other hand, she can prove to her principle at the Belmont Secretarial College that she can succeed despite of her low self-confidence and low grade.

In addition, by the end of this short story Anna’s intelligence and braveness were shown. Even though she is young and shy, she faced Miss Broome’s spirit bravely. She did not run away like the previous secretaries. She also pursued Miss Broome to go with Mr. Bannister. This shows how intelligent she is. Although she faced numerous problems especially on her first day at work but within strong desires, she decided to face the problem. When the typewriter goes with QWERTYUIOPs typed all over the letter, she swiped them with correcting fluid to cover them. Lucy pulled her braveness to stay on to make her claim. She tried to appease the spirit through love and understanding. Lucy handled the spirit of Miss Broome and the strategy she used indicate that she is again, such an intelligent person.

We also love the end of the story because finally the ghost can live peacefully when accept the truth about her retirement. Lucy told Miss Broome’s spirit that Mr. Bannister passed on three years ago. It was when he was in the age eighty-six. Mr. Bannister missed Miss Broome very much. When Miss Broome retired, he did not knew how he would managed everything without her. He only asked her to go because he was worried about her health. Mr. Bannister also said that the new secretaries were not good like her. After Miss Broome knew the truth, she then decided to go peacefully. She at last, realised that Mr. Bannister need her so much.

As we know,the ending is a superb as Lucy succeed to chase the Miss Broome’s spirit. So there was no more disturbance by the QWERTYUIOP ghost. Previously,Lucy has been disturbed by the typewriter ghost as she started to type a letter to another company. It was a burden for her to fight back and finish the letter as it is a letter between two business company. The letter was about to promote Ross and Bannister’s new products to other company. It was a trouble if Mr. Broom keep disturbing Lucy. This incident possibly happen again. Consequently,Lucy had a big survival as it is a trouble to the company itself.

So,in a nutshell,the ending of this short story is totally an astonish. We absolutely like the ending because of these reasons.

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