One-minute review. Interior monologue. His living room represents his personality—tasteless. The narrator is low class in language and in his treatment of people. He is cruel, destroying an object on the mantle piece that his wife loves in order to make her cry. She is always crying. People who try to cheat him in his store, he will blow away with his 12-gauge shot gun. He has no respect for his daughters or his wife. His goal in life is to get the best of everybody else before they get him. If he needs to use his 12-gauge shot gun he will. Small Southern town. Sees everybody else as crooked or trying to get the best of him.
Points of View: An Anthology of Short Stories. Ed. James Moffett and Kenneth R. McElheny. A Signet Classic.
: The New American library, 1966. New York