Monday, February 1, 2010

"A Dangerous Man." Damon Runyon.

One-minute review: Morgan Johnson, a new man in my home town, tells nobody about where he has come from and because of a scar across his nose he looks dangerous. Nobody wants to mess with him because stories get around that he has killed ten men.

That is until Wheezer Gamble, a little sheep man, comes into town, gets drunk and decides to take Morgan on. Wheezer pulls out a large sheep knife and Morgan disappears out of town. Seems that Morgan Johnson was not dangerous, earned his scar by trying to rip off a lady’s pocketbook, which she used to scar him. Should you take on someone who looks dangerous as Wheezer did? Grandpa says, be careful. He just might turn out to be dangerous.

75 Short Masterpieces: Stories from the World’s Literature. Ed. Roger B. Goodman. New York: Bantam Books. 1961. These summaries do not do justice to the vividness of the stories. RayS.

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