Being a busybody is self-destructive

This story, Divorcee's lonely war against China 'mistresses', reminds me of a short story I studied for my secondary school literature.

In the story titled “The Watcher”, a woman spent a great deal of time looking out of the window at her neighbours. She thought of herself as the neighbourhood watchdog for all the scandals and adulterous affairs. She got so obsessed about it that when her husband called her to bed, she refused. She even knew that what he wanted was sex but she didn't think it was as important as her doing her "job" as a watchdog. Then, she started noticing her husband talking to the new neighbour across the street. Eventually her husband left her for that woman. But she wasn't even sad about it; she was happy that now nobody could interrupt her "job"!


Anonymous said...

Both the divorcee and the "watcher" suffer from mental imbalance with a seriously unhealthy obsession syndrome. Because of whatever that may have triggered off their obsessive behaviour, they are now completely into their own self-rationalised reasoning and in their own private world. As they continue or age, they will gradually self-implode or end up in a looney farm or worse.

I would have thought the 2 stories about crazy women and cheating spouses would be suitable case studies for students studying psychiatry, for those dealing with conditions affecting the mentally unstable or marital infidelity instead of for students studying in secondary schools. Perhaps there may be a lot of good starting them young about voyeurism and lust and sex. lol

silli cat

David said...


Such self-appointed busybodies are everywhere. At work no doubt some busybody is watching you, the new girl. Maybe this person does not trust new people, maybe you are to pretty to be considered competent, and the list of reasons goes on.

These people are best left alone.

Some may do some good, others as you show ruin their personal lives.

Enjoy your life, your friends and family.


I would rather walk with God in the dark than go alone in the

-- Mary Gardiner Brainard