In "The Drunkard" by Frank O'Connor, the boy's drunkeness is seen from 4 points of view.What are they, and how do they differ?

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The first perspective is that of Larry Denahy, the poor young man who got drunk.  His age is never given, but it does say that he was old enough to stay home alone and care for his younger brother, but not old enough to go into the pub. He drank the beer out of boredom and curiosity.  He is telling the story years later, and considering that he was drunk when a good portion of it happened, his memory might be a little fuzzy.

The second perspective is from the people of the town.  The bar owner needs Larry out of his pub before the police arrive.  The women in the town think that the father and his friend have given the boy alcoholic beverages to entertain themselves.  They find it very humorous.

A third perspective is from the father, who is angry that his son drank his beer.  He had the leave the pub early and take care of his son when he vomited.  When his wife belittled him for getting their son drunk, he thought he ought to be pitied because  he had his day ruined, and the whole situation made a spectacle of him in front of his neighbors.

Finally, there was the perspective of the mother.  She feared that her husband would come home drunk.  She knew that if he did, it would take some time before she could get him sober again.  She would probably have to pawn some items from home to get money. She was grateful to Larry for drinking the beer.  She felt that God had intervened.

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