The Umbrella Man Summary & Study Guide

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The Umbrella Man Summary & Study Guide includes comprehensive information and analysis to help you understand the book. This study guide contains the following sections:

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The following version of this story was used to create this study guide: Dahl, Roald. “The Umbrella Man.” The Collected Short Stories of Roald Dahl. Penguin Books, 1992, p. 661 – 666.

The story begins with the narrator, a twelve-year-old girl, telling the reader that she and her mother were waiting for a taxi on a rainy evening after a dental appointment. They were waiting a long time with no luck, when a little man with a white moustache appeared and asked them for some taxi fare. The mother was skeptical, so she interrogated him.

The young girl wanted her mother to give the old man the money immediately, but the mother saw this as an opportunity to teach her daughter not to trust strangers. However, the old man’s charm overpowered the mother’s skepticism, and after the man offered the mother a silk umbrella in exchange for a pound, the mother gave in and presented the man with a pound.

Moments later, the mother and daughter noticed the old man stroll into the nearest pub and order an expensive glass of whiskey. He then paid with the pound that the mother had given him, and before he left the pub, he stole an umbrella from the coat rack. He then wandered to another part of the street and exchanged that umbrella for another pound from somebody else. He then left to find another pub.

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