Collected Short Stories - The Last Word and Other Stories Summary & Analysis

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The Last Word and Other Stories Summary

The Last Word: An old man has lost his memory, and now he is in a town where he knows no one, is ignored by the people and guarded for some reason day and night. He has an old crucifix, but does not know what it means. One day he is taken courteously to a place where he is told he will meet the General. He is given his old uniform to wear, and it is the garment of the Pope. He meets with the General, and is told that his religion is dead and all Christians are dead. Today, he will be killed, being the last one of his kind. The Pope takes the offered last drink, and says the blessing in Latin before he is shot.

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