The Purple Swamp Hen - “License to Kill” Summary & Analysis

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Summary

The short-story “License to Kill” is related from the perspective of a third person narrator. Pauline is an 86-year-old woman who is going grocery shopping with her part-time nurse, Cally. Cally is young and energetic and a bit impatient with Pauline, who now moves slowly in all of her daily chores. Pauline is a careful grocery shopper. She no longer feels the need to rush because she feels as though she has rushed all her life.

Pauline tells Cally that she used to be a spy and she has a hard time forgetting all of the people she has profiled and captured through the years. The ladies take a coffee break in the store, where Cally announces that she does not know what she wants to be when she gets older but she is thinking about going into the hospitality business. Pauline...

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