Counterparts: Summary and Analysis
Farrington: Forty-ish clerk and alcoholic
Mr. Alleyne: Farrington’s boss
Weathers: an English entertainer whom Farrington meets in a pub
Several of Farrington’s Drinking Companions
When the story begins, Farrington, an alcoholic administrator in a law office, is enduring the chastisement of his boss, Mr. Alleyne, for his shabby work. Diving into a pub for a drink to calm his anger, Farrington returns to the office even more muddled than before and makes several more errors in his work. When Alleyne rebukes him, this time in front of a client, Farrington responds insultingly, and the boss nearly goes wild with anger.
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