"Charles," by Shirley Jackson is about a young boy named Laurie, who is just beginning kindergarten. When Laurie's mother asks him about school, he regales her with stories about a little boy named Charles, who is always getting into trouble for one thing or another. Charles gets spanked for being "awfully fresh." He has to stay after school for yelling. Every day it is something else. Laurie's mother becomes so interested in Charles' antics that she can barely wait to go to the first PTA meeting and find out who Charles' mother is. Charles is quite an interesting character, and Laurie's parents seem to look forward to hearing about what he's been up to each day after school. They can't help but be a little intrigued by Charle's mischievous nature. That mischievousness is Charles' main character trait.