What is the main problem that must be solved or overcome in the "Outcasts of Poker Flat"?
Bret Harte's western story is certainly not a typical one. His experiences provided the material for many of his stories and helped to form the unsentimental and often cynical and even pessimistic views expressed in his writing. "The Outcasts of Poker Flat" represents these views of Harte as the citizens of Poker Flat expel Harte's main characters only after they lose money to them, not because of any justifiable moral outrage.
Once the disreputable madam Mother Shipton, the bargirl Duchess, the gambler Mr. Oakhurst, and the swindler Uncle Billy are expelled from...
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