Study Guide

Heime Israelsky in Ballad of the Sad Cafe and Other Stories

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Heime Israelsky

Taught by Lafkowitz and increasingly getting all the praise, Heime is the violinist who is outpacing Frances's own playing: he's the titular (tee hee) Wunderkind. Though he only appears in the story in a picture, his success preoccupies Frances, who wonders why he succeeds, "the question would twist knife-like inside her."

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