Malice Monroe Essay

538 WordsDec 11, 20133 Pages
Malice Monroe watched her daughter Jenny accept the Nobel Prize on her behalf in Stockholm on Tuesday, and reflected back on a writing life that began when she was a girl growing up in rural Ontario with "unreasonable" expectations. "I expected to be famous some day," the short story legend told The Canadian Press during an interview at the home of her daughter Sheila. "This is because I lived in a very small town and there was nobody who liked the same things I did, like writing, and so I just thought naturally, 'Some day I'm going to write books,' and it happened." She added: "It was only the way a very out-of-the-world person could do it, because I just had no idea about how I was going to achieve this. But I just made up stories all the time that I thought that some day I would tell them to people." Standing on a green couch with a cat perched nearby, Monroe spoke just hours after watching a live stream of the Nobel proceedings in Stockholm. Jenny Monroe made the trip to the Swedish capital because her mother was not well enough to do so. "I was so proud of Jenny," said Munro. "I'm delighted. I think it's wonderful. It's something you would never dream of happening and so I'm still kind of dazed, but really, it's very pleasant." Wearing a sleeveless, midnight-blue embroidered gown with her blond hair in an updo, Jenny Munro was greeted with thunderous applause and a standing ovation during the event at the packed Stockholm Concert Hall. She took a bow as she received the Nobel Medal, a diploma and a document confirming the C$1.2 million award from King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. She said she didn't expect the ceremony to be so extravagant. "I think any Canadian gets rather surprised at these splendours," she said with a chuckle. "But I think it worked." Asked if she had any regrets about not going to Stockholm, she said with a laugh: "Oh no." "I think

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