How Dumb Do You Think I Am?

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Thomas Hardy's short story "The Three Strangers."

At no point in this story was I in the dark about what was happening. Hardy was just too obvious in certain parts such as when the second stranger said, "True; but the oddity of my trade is that, instead of setting a mark upon me, it sets a mark upon my customers" (333). As soon as I read this, I know he was an executioner. Maybe Hardy did this purposely because sometimes the simplest things can be the hardest to figure out.

http://jerz.setonhill.edu/EL237/2009/09/hardy_the_three_strangers_in_r/

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Jessie Krehlik said:

Good job picking up on those hints. They completely went over my head. But then again, I didn't do a close read on this either, so maybe I just overlooked it. I got that he was the executioner shortly after. I thought it was pretty interesting how Hardy explained the Executioner's career--this was an excellent example of "show, don't tell" don't you think?

Kayla Lesko said:

It kinda reminds of the dangling carrot.

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