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gaggy | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 12, 2009 at 4:28 AM via web

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Can you explain the meaning in the last sentence of the short story ''Just Lather, Thats All''?

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 12, 2009 at 6:06 AM (Answer #1)

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The short story "Just Lather, That's All," by Hernando Tellez, describes the meeting of a barber and his client, Captain Torres. It quickly becomes evident that Torres is a ruthless tyrant who spends most of his time tracking down and torturing the rebels he has captured. Listening to the captain recount the day's events, the barber imagines himself cutting Torres's throat with his razor. However, the barber strictly adheres to his professional code that he not spill a single drop of a customer's blood. When his shave is complete, Captain Torres reveals his own secret:

"They told me that you'd kill me. I came to find out. But killing isn't easy. You can take my word for it." And he headed on down the street.

The barber is secretly one of the rebels that Captain Torres is hunting. Torres has been warned of the barber's secret, but he has come to find out for himself.

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