Just Lather, That's All by Hernando Téllez

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What are two of the barber's character traits in "Just Lather, That's All"?

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The barber, who is clearly on the opposing side of his client's faction could easily harm this man who plans to kill all the “rebels” with whom the barber sympathizes. The barber looks calm and professional throughout most of the encounter, choosing to glean intelligence from his customer instead. Based on these actions, we can conclude that the barber is good at appearing dispassionate, is professional to the core, and is a tactical conversationalist and observer.

Several lines from this story support my opinions regarding the barber. First and foremost, is the line where the barber admits, “Torres did not know that I was his enemy.” In spite of having an enemy as his customer, the barber remains professional and gives this customer a first-class shave while conversing with him. Secondly, aside from a slight trembling of his hand, he remains calm while discussing Torres' plans to mutilate some of the barber's revolutionary counterparts:

“Do you plan to punish them all?" "All."...

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