The Things They Carried
The Things They Carried
by Tim O'Brien
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The Things They Carried Stockings Summary

  • Henry Dobbins is a good guy, but unsophisticated.
  • He wears his girlfriend's pantyhose around his neck for luck.
  • In Vietnam, people get superstitious, and Dobbins completely believes that the pantyhose give him good luck.
  • Everyone else starts to believe too, because Dobbins never gets a scratch on him.
  • Then his girlfriend dumps him.
  • Dobbins keeps wearing the stockings for luck, though. He says that the magic didn't go away.
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