The Blue HotelStreaming Audiobook - 2010
The Blue Hotel is considered one of Crane's finest three short stories, along with the Open Boat and The Bride comes to Yellow Sky. The story starts with the hotel owner trolling for guests at the train station and finding three, the Swede, the Cowboy, and the Easterner. As with many stories the personalities are known by their titles not their names, the two known by their names are the hotelkeeper, Scully, and his son Johnny. The first major event is in a play for fun no money card game in which the Swede accuses Johnny of cheating. Johnny skillfully defends himself by saying he will not put up with the accusation, while side stepping the truth of the matter. The Swede is all worked up; no one comes to his rescue; he has a fight with the boy; wins; and leaves. He goes to the local saloon and gets into event number 2 in challenging the gambler after he will not take a drink. As with most Crane stories, the irony is building as the story goes on. In addition, in the spirit of the literary times, as reflected in Spoon River by Edgar Lee Masters and Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson, this is the key moment in the story that could change everything. The gambler does not take the free drink; he winds up killing the Swede; he goes to jail and the Swede is dead. He could have taken the drink and does not. Later the Easterner tells the Cowboy that no, Johnny was not innocent, he was cheating and the Easterner did not have the guts to stop it by speaking out. Then the Swede would have stayed in the hotel and would not have died. This is another landmark story with the last turn of events topping it off.
Publisher: [United States] : Simply Magazine : Made available through hoopla, 2010
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (60 min.)) : digital