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I was halfway through the story when I caught myself thinking: wait, this is really good old dry Ron Rash in this story? This story is anything but slow and dry. It is teeming with sound and movement, but it is almost still at the same time. The most defining characteristic of this story is that you are inside the main character’s head the entire time and you get to see exactly what he sees in society. He is tired of his own problems and he doesn’t want to necessarily deal with his problems anymore, but he projects his feelings out into the world around him.

You can see it the most in this line: “One of the great sins of the sixties was introducing drugs to the gool-ole-boy element of Southern society”. Some third person narrator isn’t telling you this. It is the character and what he says personifies him as an almost hopeless character, but he will keep on going because there is nothing else to do and he is just waiting. So, Rash uses the setting to give us insight to the main character but never directly tells us what the main character is going through in explicit detail. He just lets how the character reacts to things clue us in on what is going on.

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