The Loneliness of the Long-distance Runner - Uncle Ernest Summary & Analysis

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Uncle Ernest Summary

Ernest Brown works as an upholsterer. Every night he takes his bag of upholstering tools to a security guard, as he is afraid they would be stolen from his room. In another routine, every day he frequents the same cafe to have his breakfast, tomatoes on toast, and a tea.

Ernest is a thoroughly lonely man, but not so lonely that he has given up on someday finding company. He is a World War I veteran and has let himself go, unaware of his shabby clothes. He is convinced he should have died on the battlefield, as he feels like a ghost, disconnected from reality. His wife left him and his brothers have moved to other towns. He lives from hand to mouth repairing furniture, and lean times or good times in this business hardly matter, as he does not notice...

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