The Complete Stories of Flannery O'Connor - "Parker's Back" Summary & Analysis

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"Parker's Back" Summary

Parker sits on the front porch of his peeling house, staring at his young pregnant wife, wondering why he married her. He reminisces about first meeting her and how she spurned his usually accepted advances, which had intrigued him even more. She forced him to disclose his strange name, and what the initials O and E stand for, which he had always kept a secret. She eventually agrees to marry him, even though he does not think she is suitably impressed with the myriad of tattoos all over the front of his body. He has nothing tattooed on his back, because he can't see his own back readily and thinks that it is a waste of money.

Eventually, trying to get his religious wife's attention, and some kind of acknowledgment for being himself, he has a tattoo artist copy...

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