Antara lain, cerpen berupaya menceritakan suasana, tingkah dan sikap manusia menanggapi sesuatu peristiwa. Semalam kebetulan terjumpa kumpulan cerpen oleh seorang penulis yang terlatih dalam bidang undang-undang, Matthew Thomas.
Nah ini petikan cerpen ‘Christmas’, sila nikmatinya:
“Can you please bring the Christmas cards and place them at the bottom of the tree?” she asked Adrian, the second of the Christie boys.
“This year, very few cards-lah, cannot go round the tree,” he replied.
“Then bring along last year’s cards, “ she said.
“But you know how our people are. They will surely open the cards to read who sent the card to whom, and know we are placing old Christmas cards, “Adrian worriedly informed her.
“Don’t worry,“ she yelled, “just bring them.
Sumber: Matthew Thomas, Tales from the Court and other stories. Silverfish Books 2008: 131-132.