Study Guide

The Things They Carried Stockings

By Tim O'Brien


  • 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.