A Gathering of Old Men - Chapters 19-20 Summary & Analysis

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Summary

Chapter 19: Antoine Christopher, known as “Dirty Red” takes up the next part of the story. Charlie smokes a cigarette before going out after Will. Even though the others insist that he could claim self-defense in killing Beau, Charlie, now fearless, heads out after Will anyway. Their standoff leaves both Will and Charlie dead. Everyone gathers around to touch the body of Charlie, hoping that whatever made him strong will somehow rub off on them.

Chapter 20: Lou Dimes closes out the novel as he describes the trial of everyone involved in the shootout. The trial ends in a verdict that gives everyone five years probation and bans them from using or being around firearms. After the trial, Mathu rides off in the truck with the other old men, leaving Lou and Candy together on the steps of the courthouse holding hands.

Analysis

Charlie’s sacrifice takes the pursuit...

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