Ten Little Indians - "Do Not Go Gentle" Summary & Analysis

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"Do Not Go Gentle" Summary

The unnamed narrator of this very short story tells a humorous tale with an ironic twist about how a dildo - combined with Indian songs, chants and prayers - brings his infant son out of a coma at Children's Hospital in Seattle. He describes how his son gets stuck between his mattress and crib and "suffocated himself blue." The boy falls into a coma, dies three times and is revived three times with the use of very expensive medical equipment that keeps "Mr. Grief" away.

Afraid to become too hopeful about the baby, the Indian narrator and his Indian wife don't choose a name because "hope eats your flesh like a spider bite." The narrator thinks he sees Mr. Grief behind his wife's eyes and yells at her. His wife believes...

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