A critical review of Erskine Caldwell's short story "The Rumor" would include a description or summary of the text, and an evaluation of the text.
First let's summarise the story.
Characters. The story itself is about Sam Billings, the owner of a summer hotel. The story is told, however, from the perspective of George Williams, the man who nominates him to be the town's treasurer. There is also Clyde Ballard, the owner of the town's store, and Jenny Russell, the woman who goes to Florida with Sam. The narrator does not give away very much information about the internal machinations of any of the characters.
Setting. The story is set in the small town of Androscoggin. Some conversations take place on Clyde Ballard's store, but mostly the story is told through exposition in which no specific location is given. The story is set over the period of a year, one fiscal year from the election of the town's new treasurer.
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