The Sisters: Summary and Analysis

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Narrator: boy, 8–9 years old

Father Flynn (dead): boy’s mentor

Narrator’s Aunt and Uncle

Nannie and Eliza: priest’s elderly sisters

Old Cotter: family friend

This story is narrated by a young boy, probably about eight or nine, discussing the imminent death of Father Flynn, an older priest whom he has befriended. After three strokes, the priest is paralyzed, but the boy hesitates to ask for certain if he has died. His aunt, uncle, and a family friend discuss the priest’s odd habits, the friend adding that the priest might not be a good influence on a younger person. The boy takes offense at what he believes is a...

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