In The Red Door, Iain Crichton Smith reveals how an individual’s desire for acceptance within his community conflicts with his own need to live a fulfilling life.
When does the story take place?
On Christmas Eve
The day after Halloween
What colour was Murdo’s door before it was painted red?
What newspaper does Murdo read?
The Daily Mail
The Daily Record
The Daily Express
What meal was he served by the stout spinster?
Pilchards and ginger ale
Salt herring and cocoa
Sardines and coffee
Which item of clothing would Murdo like to wear?
A pocket watch
A coloured waistcoat
What did Mary’s father do?
He was a headmaster
He was a poet
He was the mayor
Why is Mary unpopular in the village?
She has a number of boyfriends
She doesn’t gossip
She had an affair with a married man
What does Murdo think the other villagers may do when they see his red door?
Paint their own a similar colour
Nothing – they would be disinterested
Ask him to change it or even throw him out of the village
What does Mary often do in the evening?
Go for a walk
Sing in the church choir
What does Murdo associate with the colour red?
Pain and anger
Passion and rage
Wine and blood