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A: Stolpestad by William Lychack
The story short is about a local police officer named Stolpestad which is probably his surname. He has been called out to a house, where he meets a woman and a boy. Their dog is sick, and the woman asks him to shoot the dog, that he does. After work he goes to a bar, and gets a call from his wife about some people at his home wants to talk with him. When he comes home, the boy and his father is there to thanks him, but it doesn’t sound like they mean it, and they tell about how the dog still was a live when they dug a hole later at night. The father is angry and the police officer fells guilty.
The story takes place in a small town with coffee shops, liquor stores, Laundromats, police, fire, and gas stations. There’s not much to do as police officer, especially not on a Saturday. The police officer has lived there in his whole life, and he thinks the town is sad and boring, because it’s the same streets he’d seen all his life. The town is probably in America, because of the police officer get to shoot a dog instead of vet and I think it is far away from the big cities, maybe out in the country. The story takes place in modern time, because the police officer get a call over the radio, and it was not possible back in the old days. The plot takes place during the summer, but even that is described in a sad way. Normally summer would be described in a good way, but summer in this town isn’t even good. It is described “sun never burning through the clouds, clouds never breaking into rain”.
Stolpestad doesn’t sound happy about his life. He almost feels tired of everything, and he feels like everything goes wrong. Already in the start of the text you can feel how tired of his life he is because of the sentence “this is your life, Stolpestad.” Also he sounds like he is missing the old days when he was a kid, because he still drives…...

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