By Flannery O'Connor
The gathering that proven O’Connor’s popularity as one of many American masters of the fast tale. the amount includes the distinguished name tale, a story of the murderous fugitive The Misfit, in addition to “The Displaced Person” and 8 different tales.
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Women ignore the order to hide in the vaults. 42 And the slightly diﬀering relations among these three elements more or less determine its didactic eﬀect. The listener is most identiﬁed with the announcer. There is a sense of reciprocity here, in the sense that the listener sees the announcer as much as the latter sees the former. They also join in their shared sense of separation from the villagers. The listener and the announcer see, hear, and think about (but never listen to) the villagers, but the latter cannot look back at the listener and the announcer, despite the illusion that they all occupy the same ﬁctional space.
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A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O'Connor