In "The Sniper," what action triggers shooting at the Republican sniper? 

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The main character, our protagonist , is the Republican sniper. When the story opens, he is lying on a roof, waiting. Although he is a seasoned soldier at this point, "deep and thoughtful," he has a moment of carelessness. After eating his sandwich and taking a drink of whiskey, he...

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The main character, our protagonist, is the Republican sniper. When the story opens, he is lying on a roof, waiting. Although he is a seasoned soldier at this point, "deep and thoughtful," he has a moment of carelessness. After eating his sandwich and taking a drink of whiskey, he risks lighting up a cigarette. 

He paused for a moment, considering whether he should risk a smoke. It was dangerous. The flash might be seen in the darkness, and there were enemies watching. He decided to take the risk. 

He lights up the cigarette and takes a drag. The enemy sniper fires and the bullet hits the parapet on the roof. The enemy sniper had evidently seen the flash of the match lighting up. The Republican sniper raises up to look over the parapet and the enemy sniper fires again, evidently catching a glimpse of his head. 

Near the end of the story, the Republican sniper has a plan to trick his enemy. He places his cap on top of his rifle and raises it. The enemy fires. The Republican sniper leaves his left hand hanging over the edge and then drops the rifle to the street. His enemy thinks he has killed him. The Republican sniper then kills his enemy with his revolver. 

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