In Our Time - Study Guide Chapter 8 Summary & Analysis

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Memoir--In Kansas City, two cops see a couple of Hungarians who have just robbed a cigar store. One of the officers shoots and kills both without asking any questions, thinking they are Italians and that no one will care about "wops" getting killed. When his partner questions him about how he knew they were wops, he says he can tell them a mile away.

Story--"The Revolutionist" is not so much a story as a character sketch about one unusual Communist traveler at the end of the war, who was making his way through Italy by rail. The man carries a square of oilcloth from party headquarters vouching for the fact that he had been treated very badly by the "whites" in Budapest and asking sympathetic comrades to help him any way they can. He is shy and young, and the railroad men take kindly to him...

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