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One other theme that could be addressed is just what, exactly, is Arnold Friend?
There are clues sprinkled throughout the story that suggest that not only is he not a Friend, he may not even be human. Pay attention to his shoes/boots. Pay attention to the numbers on his car. And, when all is said and done, what exactly happens to Connie?
OK, I won't leave you in suspense; there's every indication that Arnold ("An old fiend") is the devil.
The central theme of the story is the difference between appearances and reality.
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