Sinclair Ross Ones a Heifer
... Psychological Analysis of Sinclair Ross’ Short Story ‘One’s a Heifer’
One’s a Heifer’ (1944) is Sinclair Ross’ moving, and in some ways, a disturbing tale of psychosis, isolation, and twisted love. From a seemingly simplistic plot, Ross weaves a tale with strong moral and psychological connotations. Right from the beginning, an environment of foreboding is purposefully built through a repeated emphasis of the sparseness and the isolation of the prairies. The short sentences and the diction, which operates through a repetition of conjunctives, denoting a limitation in vocabulary itself, emphasize a world of sparseness:
‘Still no one had seen them, still it was cold, still Tim protested what a pool I w...