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The mood for "The Ransom of Red Chief" seems light or humorous. As the kidnappers take the boy in hopes of a big payout for his return, he turns out being more of a burden than the ransom is even worth.
The mischievous youth winds up being a bigger problem than the kidnappers had ever imagined, and the tone of the story conveys the humor in the situation. Whether it's the dialectic dialogue of the kidnappers, or the constant dilemmas made by "Red Chief" himself, this ironic story keeps readers smiling and laughing.
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