The Heir

Vita SACKVILLE-WEST (1892 - 1962)

This collection’s title is taken from its first story, a novella, which is followed by four shorter tales, all expertly and sensitively drawn.
Story 1, “The Heir,” concerns an inheritance as told from the point of view of the heir, an unmarried middle-aged man. Its subtitle, “A Love Story,” is not a reference to another person but to the inheritance.
Story 2, “The Christmas Party,” tells of a longtime family alienation and separation followed by a shocking reunion.
Story 3, “Patience,” is a touching tale of an apparently “comfortable” marriage, but where the husband tends to lapse into his secret memories of a long-past love. The title is the name both of a version of Solitaire that his wife often plays and of her coping with her husband’s curious mental absences.
Story 4, “Her Son,” is the poignant story of an aging mother eagerly planning for the future with her long-absent son, now returning but with his own private ideas.
Story 5, “The Parrot,” is a short allegory about the unremitting need for freedom.
( Lee Smalley)

Genre(s): Single Author Collections

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Story1, The Heir: 1 Lee Smalley
00:22:56
Play 02 2 - 3 Lee Smalley
00:16:30
Play 03 4 - 5 Lee Smalley
00:15:52
Play 04 6 - 7 Lee Smalley
00:12:20
Play 05 8 - 9 Lee Smalley
00:17:28
Play 06 10 - 12 Lee Smalley
00:18:30
Play 07 13 - 14 Lee Smalley
00:15:42
Play 08 15 - 16 Lee Smalley
00:23:10
Play 09 17 - 18 Lee Smalley
00:09:42
Play 10 Story 2, The Christmas Party:1 - 2 Lee Smalley
00:14:16
Play 11 3 - 6 Lee Smalley
00:12:42
Play 12 7 - 8 Lee Smalley
00:14:11
Play 13 9 - 11 Lee Smalley
00:11:53
Play 14 12 - 16 Lee Smalley
00:19:04
Play 15 Story 3, Patience Lee Smalley
00:15:43
Play 16 Story 4, Her Son: 1 Lee Smalley
00:11:31
Play 17 2 - 3 Lee Smalley
00:15:17
Play 18 4 - 6 Lee Smalley
00:13:49
Play 19 7 - 8 Lee Smalley
00:08:09
Play 20 9 - 11 Lee Smalley
00:13:44
Play 21 Story 5, The Parrot: 1 - 2 Lee Smalley
00:07:03