Summary and Analysis: Amusements and A Train Is an Order of Occurrence Designed to Lead to Some Result
Sadie: Victor’s sidekick in this story.
Dirty Joe: the drunken man that Victor and Sadie humiliate on the carnival ride.
Samuel Builds-the-Fire: Thomas’s grandfather, who suffers an emotional decline culminating in death in this story.
“Amusements” and “A Train Is an Order of Occurrence Designed to Lead to Some Result” both relate the experiences of minor characters who suffer humiliation.
“Amusements” is an exceptionally short story, just over four pages long, about a cruel joke played on Dirty Joe one night at a carnival in Spokane. Dirty Joe, a drinker infamous for sneaking into bars and finishing the leftover drinks...
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