In the short story "Lather and Nothing Else," also known as "Just Lather, That's All," by Hernando Tellez, an official named Captain Torres comes into a barber shop for a shave. The barber, the narrator of the tale, is secretly a member of the resistance and would like to kill his customer. Instead, he behaves professionally and does nothing else but shave him. At the end, Captain Torres reveals that he had been told that the barber wanted to kill him, so he had come for a shave as a test.
Tellez uses not just three, but numerous methods of creating suspense in this story. It begins in the first paragraph. As soon as Captain Torres enters the shop, the barber starts to shake. He obviously fears this man.
In the first few paragraphs, Tellez also introduces two potential weapons, the razor and Captain Torres's pistol. Readers feel a premonition of violence and wonder if either of these will be used during the story as instruments of death.
Suspense is also created through the backstory that...
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