A Municipal Report Questions and Answers
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In "A Municipal Report," why is the narrator in that city? What is his business?

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The narrator describes Nashville in negative and mocking terms before explaining why he has come there.     

I must tell you how I came to be in Nashville, and I assure you the digression brings as much tedium to me as it does to you. I was traveling elsewhere on my own business, but I had a commission from a Northern literary magazine to stop over there and establish a personal connection between the publication and one of its contributors, Azalea Adair.

The unnamed narrator has been asked to stop off in Nashville to meet a gifted woman named Azalea Adair and get her to sign a contract to write exclusively for the northern literary...

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