|Original Publication Date||March 1, 1945|
Fairly forgettable, this one left me with a bad taste in my mouth.
She had no girl friends of her own age, and she knew no boys. Boys whistled at her, boys wrote clean or dirty notes to her, boys said “Hiya, beautiful” to her in hallways, in drugstores, on street corners; but she didn’t go out with any of them, or even know any of them. If they asked her to go for a walk; or to a movie, she said she couldn’t, that her mother wouldn’t let her. This was not true.
Elaine is difficult to locate. It only appeared in a single volume, Story magazine, which thankfully was at least somewhat plentiful and preserved. I was able to locate a copy at a well-stocked University library and others will likely have the same luck if they persevere. Although it is not of sufficient quality to warrant a trip on its own, any library with Elaine is likely also to have copies of Once a Week Won’t Kill You, The Long Debut of Lois Taggett, and The Young Folks.
- Story XXV, March/April 1945 (March 1, 1945) 38-47