Describe the barber's main points for an essay about "Just Lather, That's All."
The barber is one of the two characters that make up Hernando Tellez's short story, "Just Lather, That's All." The story takes place in the barber's shop as a surprise customer enters: It is Captain Torres, who has just returned from four days of hunting down rebels, of whom the barber is secretly a member. We learn the following about the barber as he decides whether to shave Torres' beard--or kill him.
- Captain Torres unnerves the barber, because "when I recognized him, I started to tremble." He also admits to being "upset."
- This was apparently the first time he had shaved Torres, because "I had never had him so close to me."
- Despite the barber's hatred of Torres, his "was not an unpleasant face."
- The barber makes small talk with Torres, with "a feigned lack of interest."
- As he shaved Torres, his hands "started trembling again."
- He is "a conscientious barber," but he is torn between doing a professional job or killing Torres.
- The barber repeatedly strops his razor to keep it sharp.
- The barber realizes it will be difficult to explain Torres' death if he kills him.
- The barber is sweating and "can't even think clearly."
- The barber worries that he would be considered "a coward" for murdering Torres.
- He questions whether he is a "murderer or hero."
- The barber completes the job and allows Torres to go free.
- He accepts "several coins" as payment for his services.
- The barber's "secret" is safe--for the time being.