A story by Alice Munro

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Speaking of seeing with eyes of love (see last post), Alice Munro has a short story in which one of the characters–a writer–does not see with such eyes. In "Material," Hugo, a well-known and lauded writer, publishes a story using as a character a woman who years earlier had lived in the basement of the apartment building in which he and his wife had also lived. In his story, Hugo transforms this woman "into Art"; in real life, he had treated her with ridicule and disregard. His wife, by now his ex-wife, comes across the story in an anthology and sees him for the fraud he is.