What risk does the sniper decide to take in “The Sniper”?

In “The Sniper” by Liam O'Flaherty, the sniper takes three risks. He lights a cigarette, which draws enemy attention to his position. He then opens fire on a car and an informant, which again draws enemy fire. Finally, he performs a ruse and fakes his death. This time he kills the enemy sniper.

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In Liam O'Flaherty's short story “The Sniper,” the title character takes a risk as he waits on a rooftop, watching for a target. He wants a cigarette, but he knows that even such a small light can draw unwanted attention. He decides to take the risk anyway. At once, a bullet flies past his head, then another. The enemy has noticed his position, and the sniper quickly rolls over behind a chimney. He cannot see the enemy sniper.

As the story continues, the sniper takes another risk. Knowing that the enemy sniper is watching his position, he decides to open fire on the car and informant below. He kills a man in the car and the woman informant but is hit by a bullet from the other sniper, who again has discovered his position.

The sniper is now determined to take out his enemy counterpart, and yet again he takes a risk. He reveals his position by pushing his rifle up over the edge of the roof. The other sniper fires immediately. The sniper then allows the rifle to fall to the street below and hangs his left hand over the roof, pretending to be dead. The enemy sniper, thinking he has done his job, shows himself, and the sniper fires his revolver. His enemy drops. This time the risk pays off. He has won, but his sense of victory quickly diminishes when he descends to the street, turns over the body, and realizes that the enemy sniper is his own brother.

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