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How is the character Tub presented in the opening scene of "Hunters in the Snow?"

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Tobias Wolff's Hunters in the Snow, first published in 1981, centers on three friends, Tub, Kenny and Frank. They go on a hunting trip together in the woods of Washington state. Each has a unique personality. Kenny is tough, negative, and angry. He has no concern for others. Frank is a bit more patient and cooler, and he balances a spiritual and intellectual side. Tub, as his name implies, is heavy-set and conflicted yet sensitive. He is often the object of his friends's ridicule.

Tub's role as a punching bag for his friends and Kenny specifically is set up perfectly in the story's opening scene. First, Wolff sets up Kenny and Frank's lateness, leaving Tub to wait for them for an hour in the cold snow. When they finally do show up Tub points out that they're late. In response, they ridicule him for being a complainer.

Kenny is particularly hard on Tub, ribbing him for his weight. At one point he turns to Frank and says, "He looks just like a beach ball with a hat on, doesn't he?" Tub...

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