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• Stumbling home after a night of drinking and fighting, the narrator, who is yet unnamed, ponders his lack of feeling for the members of his family who are close to him.
• When the young man arrives home, his mother tells him that the girlfriend has left with his rifle and his razor and she expects him to regain his rifle.
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• While at the river, the narrator begins fishing and his thoughts turn to his deceased father.
• He laments that the river has no fish, possibly because of runoff from a sugar-beet factory upstream. However, the factory is closed and still the river is untenanted.
• The narrator is joined by a man named Lame Bull, who is the boyfriend of the narrator's mother.
• Upon returning home, Lame Bull teases Teresa, the narrator's mother, and performs some manly duties around the household...
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