In "The Magic Barrel," what are some clues that Salzman purposely left the photo of his daughter in the portfolio he gave to Finkle?

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gbeatty eNotes educator| Certified Educator

First, think of how Salzman stage managed things earlier--how he brought only a few pictures. Would a man that careful make this sort of mistake?

 

Second, think of how he managed Finkle's expectations in other ways--how he, for example, changed the age of the women.

 

Third, there is the idea of magic (as in "the magic barrel")--which could be true magic, but which could also be stage magic, manipulation.