Wednesday, February 12, 2020

He Had It Coming

Read this short story by Richard Brautigan:

"It is hard to live in a studio apartment in San Jose with a man who's learning to play the violin." That's what she told the police when she handed them the empty revolver.

Based on this story, what is most likely to happen next?

a. the police will arrest the man for disturbance of the peace

b. the police will suggest an apartment for her to move to
c. the woman will go to jail
d. the police will fine the man for playing too loudly

Scroll down for the answer

b. is completely wrong. While police are helpful, other clues show that they are not there to help her move (at least not to another apartment).

a. and d. are both wrong. The man did play loudly, but we have no indication that the police are there because of the violin.
c. is correct. The empty revolver shows that the police are there to investigate the murder of our loud violinist. The woman is explaining why she did it.

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