An Encounter: Summary and Analysis
Narrator: boy, 8–9 years old
Mahoney: school friend of the narrator
Leo Dillon: school friend of the narrator
Joe Dillon: Leo’s brother
Older Man in Field: quite likely a sexual pervert
The narrator of this story is once again a boy around eight or nine years old (possibly the same boy as in the previous story, but not specified), who loves reading stories of the Wild West and American detective tales. Although he acts out some of these western adventures with his friends, he feels stifled by both these childish games and school. With his two friends, Leo Dillon and Mahoney, the narrator plans to skip school for one day...
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