Short Essay Questions Key
1. Why does the main character assume that the police are at the diner to arrest him?
The main character assumes that the police are at the diner to arrest him because of the way they act. He has only been in town for half an hour. The only people in the diner are a cook, two waitresses, and two old men. If the police had planned to arrest one of the other people in the diner, they would have walked in apologetically and requested the suspect to come down to the station. Instead, they come in with guns blazing, which makes the main character believe they are there to arrest him.
2. Describe the chief of police.
The chief of police is a very fat man who speaks with a wheezing gasp. Compared to the other officers that the main character has met, this man is a waste of space. He has thin dirty hair with a blotchy red and gray complexion. He is unfit and extremely overweight. He probably has high blood pressure and blocked arteries.
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