The Luck of Roaring Camp

by Bret Harte

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What is the conclusion of "The Luck of Roaring Camp"?

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At the end of Bret Harte's short story, "The Luck of Roaring Camp," luck runs out for the baby dubbed "The Luck" of the mining camp. After the death of "The Luck's" mother, the men adopt the baby and grow to love him. The presence of the baby inspires the rugged miners, who begin to wash regularly and keep the camp tidier. But shortly after the spring thaw begins, a flood roars through the camp, drowning Stumpy. Kentuck saves the baby initially, but soon the two are found: the baby, Tommy Luck, is dead while cradled in the dying Kentuck's arms. When told that "The Luck" is dead, Kentuck drifts down the "shadowy river" to his own death while still clutching the baby.

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