Brief Interviews with Hideous Men - The Devil is a Busy Man (2) Summary & Analysis

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This story is written in the style of a first-person monologue from an unnamed, unidentified narrator. The narrator describes how they furtively gifted an unknown sum of money to a married couple. However, while sharing each additional step of the transaction process, the narrator also takes painstaking care to avoid sharing any specific details that would identify themselves or the recipients of the money. The narrator covers up these details because they are attempting to truly perform a generous act, which, in their mind, means completely avoiding any of the praise that outwardly generous people can be internally motivated by.

One of the two recipients of the money eventually calls the narrator on the phone, attempting to figure out who had donated the money, hoping to express their gratitude. While the narrator denies that they had been the donor...

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