Collected Stories - There Are No Thieves in This Town Summary & Analysis

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There Are No Thieves in This Town Summary

Damaso is a 20-something layabout and petty thief married to a middle-aged washerwoman named Ana. They live in a small rented room near the center of town. Damaso is a night prowler who frequents the local bar and pool hall. He comes home at dawn, slips into bed with his sleeping wife and lights a cigarette. She awakens and he puts a small bundle in her lap while he goes to the bathroom. While he urinates, she opens the package to find three billiard balls. When he returns, she asks him what they are good for and he replies, to play billiards. Then he confesses that he has robbed the pool hall and taken the billiard balls in hopes of selling them. Ana protests that he could have been shot, and...

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