1. Write a summary of Are You Ready, Boots?
This short story begins in New York, in Barneys shoe department, where Lulu, Betty and her gayfriend Spencer are looking at shoes. Lulu buys a pair of black leathered Manolo boots on sale. Six months later, back in London, Spencer invites Lulu to the launch of a new restaurant. For the night out she decides to wear her Manolo boots for the first time. Lulu spots Charlie that night. They start to date and get into a serious relationship. Spencer doesn’t like the fact of them being together, and means that Charlie is a bit boring for her. Lulu thinks he is jealous. In the end Charlie proposes and Lulu accepts. The night of the proposal Lulu wants to be witty and dresses like the first night they met to see if he remembers it. He does, Charlie finds the boots tarty, and tells her that he hates the boots that makes Lulu realize that Spencer was right, she then ends the relationship by telling the boots “Start walking”.
2. Characterize the main character:
I assume Lulu is in the end of the twenties, or beginning of the thirties, because she mentions in the short story, “We’d both left school over ten years earlier” (l. 122).
In the beginning of the story, she compares herself with Carrie, from sex and the city, “Here I was in New York City, shopping just like Carrie” (l.8), which to me tells that she likes to shop, when she can afford it. She doesn’t seem to be a woman with a high salary, since she is very focused on the fact that the shoes are on sale, and that she had used two months’ rent on 4 days (l. 48).
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I think she is a shopaholic, because she buy things she can’t afford, “-money I could ill afford” (l. 48), and then she doesn’t use the boots because of her bad consciences, “- I couldn’t bear to look at them, let alone wear them” (l. 49).
It seems like she has a lack of self-esteem since she has the needs for materialistic things. She only admires herself with the boots on, “I sang to myself as I zipped the boot up…. in the full-length mirror” (l.3), “Boots so high …. that all I could do after admiring myself in the mirror…” (l.10) “I finally came to a halt in front of a full-length mirror, where I was quite mesmerized by how good I thought the boots made me look…. They made me look richer. Kinder. More intelligent” (l.39-40) “So instead I played it safe… with my kinky boots… I pouted at my reflection one more time…” (l.60-61).
Also the fact that she says that the boots gave her the confident to talk to Charlie “I’m sure it was the boots that made me do it…” (l. 76).
But she noticed that Charlie saw her inner beauty “He wasn’t admiring my dress or French manicure – he was admiring me” (l. 70).
Which I think he also means by saying in the end “They nearly put me off you the night we met.” (l.145).
I think she is all about the outer-beauty also in terms of Charlie, “He even had a Porsche. “A good-looking boyfriend with a really good job in the City.” (l. 90) and “He was the full 99 with flake, sprinkles and raspberry sauce” (l.91).
3. Comment on the role of the men in the short story:
In the text we meet two men; Charlie March-Edwards and Spencer.
Spencer is Lulus Gay friend and Charlie is Lulus boyfriend. Those two men are total opposite of each other. It seems like Spencer knows Lulu the best. “Spencer had been right” (l.148) He is all about the fun, drinks, and parties. And helping Lulu to keep up her self esteem by telling her how good she looks. But on the other side, he is very irresponsible, living in the present, doesn’t care about much. He calls Charlie for Charles, showing me that on the other hand he is a more an extrovert person.
Whereas Charlie he is more into her inner beauty, telling her what he doesn’t like, a more on the ground type, have a job, money, loving family and is more an introvert person.
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For me it seem like Lulu hasn’t grown up yet to take responsibility, she stills wants to be like a “teenager”, free of bonds and duties. And that’s why she chooses Spencer.
4. In a short essay discuss to what extent it is fair to judge other people’s choice of clothes:
There is an old saying that says “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” but people still tends to do that.
I don’t think a person should interfere in how another person is dressed. Everyone should dress as they like, unless they are minors and dressed like adults. I think that the way a person is dressed tells a lot about how the person is. But of course not everyone is the same. Some people have different styles, which give them different skills and interests.
Whether you should judge another person on their clothes depends on the situation. I mean if someone is close to you, and you know the person very good, you should tell them the truth about how their clothes makes them look, if it is a stranger you might be more careful, since you don’t know the reactions of that person. You might hurt the person. So I mean it depends on the situation and the need for your opinion.