By the end of the story, Sam thinks he's getting a bargain when Red Chief's father says he'll take the boy back for only $250. Sam's feelings could be described as terror of the tyrannous child and desperation to get him out of his life.
Sam starts off his story, which he tells in conversational voice, by saying that he and his partner Bill Driscoll thought it a "good thing" to kidnap the son of Ebenezer Dorset, a wealthy and prominent man in the town of Summit. Even when the freckle-faced fiend of a child throws a brick in Bill's eye while they are kidnapping him, Sam persists in thinking their plan will work out. It is only after the child has terrorized them, they have kicked him out, and he has returned that Sam begins to believe the kidnapping was a horrible idea. The comic story is a classic example of irony, in which expectations reverse themselves. The kidnappers become the kidnapped, a child controls adults and the would-be criminals gratefully pay the father to take back his son.