Born of Man and Woman - WikipediaRichard Matheson is known for his unusual and interesting stories. Some of them were adapted into episodes of The Twilight Zone. An unidentified narrator, a child, tells their story through diary entries. The child is chained up in the basement, and has to keep out of sight or be beaten. A hand addressed package is left at the door of Arthur and Norma Lewis. Inside is a contraption with a button on it, and a note saying that Mr. Steward will call on them at 8 PM.
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"Born of Man and Woman" is a science fiction short story by American writer Richard Matheson, . Create a book · Download as PDF · Printable version.
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It was his first professional sale, written when he was twenty-two years old. It became the title piece in Matheson's first short story collection in The story is written in the form of an internal "diary" in broken English kept by what the reader presumes is a deformed child gender unspecified chained in the basement by its violently abusive parents the story makes it clear that the man and woman who have imprisoned the child are its biological parents when the child recalls the man commenting about how, in stark contrast to the child, "Mother [is] so pretty and me decent[-looking] enough. The child-narrator can sometimes pull its chain from the wall and observe the outside world through the basement window. On one occasion it even manages to sneak upstairs, although it has difficulty because its body drips green fluid that causes its feet to stick to the stairs.