At noon the Duchess, rolling out of her saddle upon the ground, declared her intention of going no farther, and the party halted. The Outcasts of Poker Flat. Mother Shipton, the first troublemaker, was a prostitute in the gambling town of Poker Flats. John Oakhurst had been both the strongest, and the weakest, of the outcasts of Poker Flat. Oakhurst took the Innocent aside, and showed him a pair of snow-shoes, which he had fashioned from the old pack-saddle.
Oakhurst wakes up in the early morning and notices it started to snow. One of the themes in the story that might be of relation to Christmas is the theme of hidden or unexpected goodness and kindness Cummings, 2006 from a group of unlikely people, the gambler, John Oakhurst, and the prostitutes, the Duchess and Mother Shipton. Gamblers employed a vast array of techniques to cheat at cards, perhaps the most simple of which was to mark cards. But all human stain, all trace of earthly travail, was hidden beneath the spotless mantle mercifully flung from above. As a result of this Tom feels positively towards Oakhurst.
He looked over the valley, and summed up the present and future in two words,snowed in! Reality Mother Shipton and the Duchess are prostitutes and are considered to be horrible human beings, but are actually kind women Overall, the outcasts in the story all are stereotyped in such a way that dehumanizes them and labels them as their occupation, or for one imperfection. John Oakhurst hopes that he comes back and does a good thing but he never does. And he gave him back his money. Oakhurst, whose professional habits had enabled him to live on the smallest possible amount of sleep, in dividing the watch with Tom Simson, somehow managed to take upon himself the greater part of that duty. In Conclusion, two completely different authors with different styles and from different backgrounds can easily relate themes and life lessons through their own writings.
After marking cards, the gambler had to be dexterous enough to manipulate the deck to further improve his chances of winning. Harte uses his characterizations to attack the judgmental society of the period. Would they have acted differently towards them? After discovering a dilapidated log cabin nearby, the two parties decide to camp together for the night in the remains of the shack. For example, Luzena Stanley Wilson arrived in California in 1849 and quickly recognized that a fortune could be made by providing meals and lodging for miners. There is some evidence to suggest that Christmas was actually preceded by the winter solstice celebration which occurred during the time when the light of the sun shone for the shortest duration.
It is but due to the sex, however, to state that their impropriety was professional, and it was only in such easily established standards of evil that Poker Flat ventured to sit in judgment. Three famous American authors named Sherwood Anderson, Herman Melville and Bret Harte all have short stories that illustrate their message to the public that could inspire change or understanding. But John Oakhurst rode in silence. The crowds attracted by the gold rush had a massive impact on the population of California. As the group of outcasts make their way.
When Bret Harte arrived in northern California in 1854, he found himself in a part of the world rife with subject matter. But at the head of the gulch, on one of the largest pinetrees, they found the deuce of clubs pinned to the bark with a bowie-knife. Oakhurst is a gambler Duchess and Mother Shipton are prostitutes Uncle Billy is a alcoholic and a thief Relates back to realism All characters have internal flaws. Besides Oakhurst, two women of low morals were led to the edge of town. In point of fact, Poker Flat was after somebody. Oakhurst returned his money with a stern warning to Tom not to gamble again.
When seventeen-year-old Bret Harte arrived in San Francisco in 1854, he entered a city that supported as many as one thousand gaming houses featuring a countless variety of games of chance. Tom said Oakhurst would be his friend for life. This practice involved marking cards with symbols hidden amid the intricate patterns on their faces or by shaving one side of a card so that a gambler could detect by its feel which card he was dealing. A body of armed men accompanied the deported wickedness of Poker Flat to the outskirts of the settlement. Trojan bully and wily Greek wrestled in the winds, and the great pines in the cañon seemed to bow to the wrath of the son of Peleus. One then cannot help but wonder what would have happened if the two lovers knew of their true reputation. The Innocent, with the aid of pine-boughs, extemporized a thatch for the roofless cabin, and the Duchess directed Piney in the rearrangement of the interior with a taste and tact that opened the blue eyes of that provincial maiden to their fullest extent.
Although rare, leprosy can be spread from person to person. But when he returned to the party, he found them seated by a firefor the air had grown strangely chill and the sky overcastin apparently amicable conversation. Mother Shipton and Uncle Billy cursed. Oakhurst calmly informed his fellow travelers that it was not in their best interest to stop traveling so early. At midnight on the tenth day she called Oakhurst to her side.
There he confided the joke to the tall pinetrees, with many slaps of his leg, contortions of his face, and the usual profanity. The author speaks is such a way that enhances the severity of the situation that the characters are in. Uncle Billy, the town drunk, is the only exile that has no redeemable characteristics. Oakhurst said Uncle Billy had probably gone for help. Ill stay here, was the curt reply. He retained, however, his presence of mind sufficiently to kick Uncle Billy, who was about to say something, and Uncle Billy was sober enough to recognize in Mr. The challenges of this predicament bring out the best qualities of the characters as each sacrifices himself or herself for the benefit of others in the group.