Who is referred to as "ex-umbrella man" and why? Describe Soapy's feelings at this juncture of the narrative.

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As part of his hare-brained scheme to get arrested and sent to prison for the winter, Soapy attempts to steal a silk umbrella from a well-dressed man in a cigar store. As Soapy walks off with the umbrella, the owner follows him and tells him that it belongs to him. Soapy makes no attempt to return the umbrella; in fact, he goads the gentleman into calling for the police. The hapless...

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