In "Charles," what is funny about the story?

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What is funniest about this story is how Laurie's parents think that Charles is such a bad kid.  Once a reader reaches the end of the story, this becomes very funny in retrospect.  The parents have spent the whole story essentially saying "I wonder what that horrible kid's parents are...

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What is funniest about this story is how Laurie's parents think that Charles is such a bad kid.  Once a reader reaches the end of the story, this becomes very funny in retrospect.  The parents have spent the whole story essentially saying "I wonder what that horrible kid's parents are like.  How could they let him be so bad?"  At the end of the story, we realize that they, themselves, are the parents who have the horrible kid.

When a reader realizes that, they are amused at Laurie's parents.  It is funny to think that they were so negative about Charles' parents and they, themselves, turned out to be the parents of "Charles."

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