the short story project

The Red Ribbon

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The Red Ribbon by Magela Baudoin

A journalist, sitting in a bar amongst colleagues, tells the story she had to write just a few hours before; the tragedy of a street girl – the carnival queen of a poor neighborhood – and its peculiar consequences. The story is filtered by the point of view of the journalist’s sister, whose personal history is implicitly related to the cheap carnival queen’s fate. “The Red Ribbon” creates a fine tension between the social and the individual through the silences and the gestures of the characters. It also raises a question: What moral stance do we assume when we write a story without really knowing what happened?