Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Quote #4

[Here Simon Wheeler heard his name called from the front yard, and got up to see what was wanted.] And turning to me as he moved away, he said: "Just set where you are, stranger, and rest easy I an't going to be gone a second."

But, by your leave, I did not think that a continuation of the history of the enterprising vagabond Jim Smiley would be likely to afford me much information concerning the Rev. Leonidas W. Smiley, and so I started away. (para. 21-22)

We don’t know if the narrator is getting up to leave because he realizes his friend has fooled him or because he’s just really bored. Maybe a bit of both. But while we’re on the subject of deception, what’s with our proper, gentlemanly narrator trying to slink out of the bar without being noticed. Wouldn’t it be more polite to tell Wheeler he’s taking off and maybe even thank him for the stories? We have to consider the possibility that the narrator is a trickster, too, albeit a cowardly one.

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