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What would have happened if Jimmy Wells revealed himself when he recognized Bob in...
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Many different things could have happened when Jimmy recognized Bob in the short story "After Twenty Years."
First, Jimmy would have had to arrest Bob immediately. Jimmy knew that Bob had an arrest warrant out for his arrest and, as an officer of the law, would have been forced to arrest Bob. Given that Jimmy could not bring himself to do this, he arranged for another office to arrest Bob.
Second, Bob may have ran. After recognizing Jimmy as an officer of the law, Bob may have figured that his past had caught up with him and that he had no choice but to run.
Lastly, Jimmy could have decided not to identify Bob as the criminal. Jimmy could have let Bob go based upon their past friendship. Bob could have gotten off free and clear had Jimmy not given him up.
In the end, Jimmy's honor to his friendship and his position as an officer of the law created quite a conflict for Jimmy. Knowing that he was betraying Bob, Jimmy felt he had to explain to Bob why he was getting arrested. Jimmy wrote the following note to Bob explaining:
Posted by literaturenerd on May 19, 2012 at 6:33 PM (Answer #1)
if jimmy wells would have revealed himself then he would not have been able to arrest bob as bob was a wanted criminal.
also he (bob) was his best friend so it would have been difficult for him to arrest bob.
jimmy was attached to bob from his childhood. bob was like his bro.
and thats the reason he sent another man to arrest him
Posted by cutebhalla on May 19, 2012 at 3:10 PM (Answer #2)
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