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Vintage Hughes - Ballad of the Fortune Teller Summary & Analysis

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Ballad of the Fortune Teller Summary

The gypsy woman can tell you more than you would want to know simply by looking at your hand. She can tell you about love and money and does not charge much. One day, a man comes in and the gypsy woman treats him like family. She gives him money to gamble and bread. Her friends try to tell her that the man is bad news, and they're right: he beats her up and then leaves her. She tries to find out where the man, named Dave, has gone, but there is no trace of him.

Ballad of the Fortune Teller Analysis

Hughes' interest in gypsies was grounded in his interest in marginalized people—those at the boundaries of normal society. In this poem, Hughes takes up the theme of the abusive lover. Dave's ordinary brand of despicable...

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