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A Gathering of Old Men - Chapter 4 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 4 Summary

Chimley and Mat are fishing at their regular spot, where they have been going to fish every Tuesday and Thursday for ten or eleven years. Chimley says the white people have bought up the rest of the river and that there are hardly any fishing spots left. He and Mat have been there about an hour and caught almost twenty fish. They are talking quietly about the old days. Then Fue, Berto's oldest boy, comes running to relay the message from Clatoo that Miss Merle said Candy wants them on the place immediately, with twelve-gauge shotguns and empty number five shells. Fue tells them it has to do with something about Beau Boutan being dead in Mathu's yard. He says he is leaving, going where the Boutans can't find him.

Mat and Chimley sit awhile and pretend nothing has changed. They are both thinking about how the...

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