Collected Stories - One of These Days Summary & Analysis

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One of These Days Summary

Aurelio Escovar, a dentist, is a small, meticulous man As he works carefully on a set of false teeth with his pedal-powered drill and polisher, his 11-year-old son comes to tell him the mayor wants to know if he will pull his infected tooth. The dentist tells his son to inform the mayor he is not there. The mayor overhears their conversation and tells the boy he will shoot the dentist if he does not remove his aching tooth. Escovar gently stops pumping the drill. and pulls open his lower drawer that contains a pistol. He then tells his son to let the mayor come and shoot him. The mayor enters, one side of his face shaved and the other swollen and unshaved. At the sight of the desperate man, the dentist closes the drawer and quietly...

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