In "Dusk," the young man is a scam artist. He sits on the bench next to Gortsby and begins to curse angrily. Gortsby questions his angry cursing. The young man begins to tell his sad story. He has lost his way back to his hotel. He had gone out for a bar of soap and wandered along the way to get a drink. Now, he has lost his way and cannot find his way back to his hotel.
Gortsby does not fall for the young man's scam at first. Gortsby requests to see his bar of soap to corroborate his story. When the young man cannot produce a bar of soap, Gortsby doubts his story.
The young man leaves with a feeling of defeat, muttering something about losing his bar of soap. He realizes Gortsby does not believe his scam.
Then the young man gets lucky. Gortsby just happens to see a bar of soap near the park bench. He chases after the young man to give him his bar of soap. Gortsby also feels bad about misjudging the con artist and loans him money for the night. The young man takes the money and hurries off before Gortsby changes his mind.
The young con artist gets away with his scam and Gortsby is out of his money. Gortsby will never see his money again.
While walking past the park bench where Gortsby and the young man sat, Gortsby sees the older gentleman looking for something:
As Gortsby walks back, he passes the bench where he had been sitting. He notices the old man who had also been sitting there earlier. The old man is now searching for something. When Gortsby asks if the old man has lost anything, the man replies, “Yes, sir, a cake of soap.”
The young man was a lucky scam artist who has Gortsby's money and has now disappeared.