Elbow Room - "The Story of a Dead Man" Summary & Analysis

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"The Story of a Dead Man" Summary

Billy Renfro is an accomplished liar who keeps his enemies nervous. People may say Billy dies in Houston, but he is only wounded, trying to repossess Monroe Ellis' Cadillac. Neither is it true Billy loses his left eye fighting a redneck near Limehouse, SC, en route to Charleston to repossess another vehicle for his boss, Floyd Dillingham. Billy enters the general store to buy an orange soda, but the white supremacist owner refuses him service and Billy draws his .22 too slowly. He must withdraw and drive away to the sounds of gunfire and rebel yells. Returning from his successful mission, Billy again thirsts for an orange soda, slips in unnoticed, holds his .22 ready at the counter, and this time he fires off shots and gives a swamp cry as he heads for Atlanta...

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