“Stucco” is a story about paralysis. A single man, around 50 years old, lives with and provides for his aging mother and spinster-sister. He is a blue collar factory employee who works six days a week, from dawn until dusk, humoring his family’s gossip around the dinner table each night in return for his weekend escapes to the country. When he finally gets the chance to retire, he pleads with his mother and sister to leave the city and move to the little cottage that he has always dreamed of owning. They refuse. He drops the subject. The end. “Stucco” is a story about paralysis – but paralysis from what?
Arana, Elena, "Paralysis and Patriarchy: Moult’s “Stucco” and the Burden of Responsibility" (2019). Modernist Short Story Project. 21.