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thanks ms. sue for help with questions witht that story but i still need some help with few questions.

it ask why the story be written in present tense? and is it good choice made by writer?

  • English - ms. sue -

    The present tense brings an immediacy to the reader. He feels like the story is happening now.

    I think it was a good choice.

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    thanks very much ms. sue :) it be good choice because you get to experience the mans emotions in this tense better?

  • English - ms. sue -

    Right. :-)

  • English - ms. sue -

    thanks very much ms sue :)

    I also not get in what sense protagonist is on stage.

    and in this para

    In spite of his car, he hopes his day old beard which he strokes upward
    with the heel of his hand, will, when combined with his clothes, provide
    immunity. He slips his wallet into his shirt pocket, does up the metal buttons on his jacket and slips a ten dollar bill into his back pocket. Recalling a television show, he decides that if he is accosted, he will say that the ten is all he’s got, that he stole the car, and ask them if they know a buyer.


    what kind of immunity he think about i not get. and why he ready to tell false story? because he don't want to get killed or just scared?

  • English - ms. sue -

    Yes, he's scared and doesn't want to be robbed or killed.

    He hopes he'll get immunity from violence by blending in and looking like the others in this place.

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    thanks very much ms. sue :)

    also I not get this

    Ahead, there is a small store with windows covered in hand painted signs
    and vertical metal bars. On the edge of the light, three young men and a girl
    slouch. One of them has a beard and, in spite of the advancing darkness, wears
    sunglasses. He has on a fringed leather vest. His companions wear leather
    jackets. Their peaked caps make their heads seem flat, their foreheads nonexistent. The girl is better looking than she should be for such companions. She is long legged and wears a white turtle-necked sweater that accentuates her breasts.

    in this para

    why there be bars on window? what main guy think about girl.what this reveal about his character?

    well main guy think that girl should not be hanging around those criminals but i not get what reveal this about h im.

    also in this para

    Faced with this, he decides to call the next time he sees a store or phone
    booth. So intent is he upon the future that he dangerously ignores the present
    and does not notice the police car, concealed in the shadows of a side street, nose out and follow him.

    how he unaware of present?

  • English - ms. sue -

    why there be bars on window? what main guy think about girl.what this reveal about his character?

    well main guy think that girl should not be hanging around those criminals but i not get what reveal this about him.

    The bars on the windows show that the owners of the store are protecting it from robbers. His attitude toward the girl seems to be revealing that he thinks in stereotypes. Everyone in this neighborhood should be unattractive because they are poor and probably criminals. But she's attractive and doesn't fit his stereotype picture.

    Faced with this, he decides to call the next time he sees a store or phone
    booth. So intent is he upon the future that he dangerously ignores the present
    and does not notice the police car, concealed in the shadows of a side street, nose out and follow him.

    how he unaware of present?

    He's not aware of the present because he's thinking ahead about finding a phone to call his wife. He's afraid of her anger because he's late.

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    Thanks very very much ms. sue :D

  • English - ms. sue -

    You're very welcome, Mohammad. :-)

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