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describe the father/son relationship  

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It is clear that the relationship between the father and son in this short story has been marred by the father's greed and obsession with money for a very long time. The son feels he needs to visit his father and sympathise with him rather than doing it willingly, but when his father openly begins to reflect on his life and the mistakes he has made, the response of the son shows that a restoration of their relationship seems possible,...

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