Short stories in English with moral – Old love

by Feb 10, 2019Uncategorized

Shafayet Ali Mithun

Community Artist and Mentor (Bangladesh)

  • Leadership Strengths (Level 28)
  • Community Mentor (Level 3)
  • Community Poerty Artist (Level 2)

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Great women, do not expect from the kingdom of husband or legacy-in-law.

But, a great woman built a kingdom and became a queen in her own kingdom, with her own work.
Lisa Gunawan

Short stories in English with moral


Short English Stories – Old Love (story)


The “Old Love” is a short story written by English author Jeffrey Archer.

Published in 1980 in Archer’s A Quiver Full of Arrows by Hodder & Stoughton,

it is the tale of two undergraduates at Oxford in the 1930s and their bitter rivalry that ends in a tragic love story.

The story follows two students, William Hatchard and Phillippa Jameson, of English literature from Oxford in the 1930s. They both fell in enmity with each other in their first sight.

The mutual hatred began a fierce sense of competition between them which enabled them to outshine their contemporaries, but to remain neck-to-neck with each other.

The mutual loathing gave way to the epithet “that silly woman” to Phillippa and “that arrogant man” to William.They equally loved each other but never showed up at all.

They always used to fight against a topic. both excelled as toppers in their final degree exam: The Charles Oldham essay on Shakespeare competition and they both won it. In between, Philippa’s father’s death brought them closer and they fell in love.

After the marriage, legend has it that they were never apart for more than a few hours. They had their honeymoon in Athens which ended up in a heated argument over the relative significance of Doric and Ionic architecture.


They were both equally talented in their fields of interests and when Phillippa was made a Dame, William was also Knighted. Philippa’s most irritating habit, to William, was her determination each morning to complete “The Times” crossword before he arrived at the breakfast table.

One fine morning in June before their retirement, William, studying the clue, filled in the eight boxes left incomplete by Philippa. Philippainstantly retorted that there was no such word.

To her delight, the word whymwham could not be found in the shorter Oxford Dictionary. William assured her that the word could be found in OED on his desk, which is made for scholars like him, and left for college.

Having closed the front door, as she entered the kitchen, Philippa suddenly suffered aheart attack. Heart attacks in women were less common compared to men.

She called out to William in vain. The news of her death was conveyed and the story ends with Sir William’s suicide note (he shot himself with his pistol): “Forgive me, but I had to let her know”.

There was the volume of the work of John Skelton held open in one of his hand with the word Whym Wham underlined neatly, his fingers stiff and cold around it.

And as “the legend has it, they were never apart for more than a few hours” even in their deaths.

Thank you for reading my Short stories in english with moral – old love. I hope you found it helpful.

Shafayet Ali Mithun

Short English Stories – Old Love

Great Muisc “Old Love” from Eric Clapton, Live in concert. Eric Patrick Clapton, CBE (born 30 March 1945) is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter.

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