The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

Porter, Katherine Anne

Primary Category: Literature / Fiction

Genre: Short Story

Annotated by:
Kohn, Martin
  • Date of entry: Jan-29-1997


On her death bed, surrounded by her children, doctor and priest, a memory of 60 years ago, the day she was jilted by her husband-to-be, could no longer be repressed by Granny Weatherall-- "the thought of him was a smoky cloud from hell that moved and crept in her head . . . ." Voices and visions, imagined and real, mingle and merge throughout the story as this hardy woman, one who has weathered so much, lives out her final moments.

Ironically, Granny Weatherall is jilted for a second time when the final sign she's been waiting for from Jesus never appears. "For the second time there was no sign. Again no bridegroom and the priest in the house . . . She stretched herself with a deep breath and blew out the light."


A well-done film version of this story was part of "The American Short Story" series on the Public Broadcasting System and is available through Coronet Film and Video (1-800-621-2131).


First published:1930

Primary Source

Flowering Judas and Other Stories


Harcourt, Brace & World

Place Published

New York



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