The Order of Things
The short story “The Order of Things” written by Judy Troy in 2007, describes a story line containing a love story, a midlife crisis, and a life-altering questioning of religious faith.
Reverend Carl, the protagonist, pastors a Lutheran church. Carl is in his early forties, six feet tall, with pale eyes, and light hair. He is married to a teacher, and they have a teenage daughter.
Because of his recently lose of his sister to cancer. He has gone into a form of early midlife crisis, where he begins to full around, being his wife unfaithful. It started “with his sister’s friend, Debra Harding, when his sister was at the hospice, and that had been just ten minutes of necking at the far dark end of a parking lot.”(p.7, l.33-34). Carl is not unhappily married, but they just married too soon. They thought they knew each other well enough to get married, but as Carl says it in the text “And once we did it seemed too late” (p.8, l.66). So now he thinks that he is stuck with this life. With a family that he feels separated from “they didn’t seem connected to him nor did he feel connected to them”(p.10, l.134). The only way for Carl to find comfort, for his sister’s illness, is in his sister’s friend, who is going through the same kind of pain. But since Carl moved to Worland with his wife and daughter a year ago, he hasn’t been able to stop thinking of Lily, a woman who attends his church. Carl has a feeling; he and Lily have known each other for many years, even though they just met. As the text put it “He has the sense that he and she had known each other before and had been waiting for this chance”(p.7, l.6-8) and they fall into a clumsy affair that grows into a stable but furtive relationship. Before Carl met Lily, he was self-conscious and he would always come up with some excuses for him not being in shape. He was not the kind of person, who ”touched another person easily”(p.8, l.46-47). But the relationship with Lily has changed...