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Author: Stephen Crane Narrator: Deaver Brown Publisher: Simply Magazine Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2010 ISBN: 9781614961062
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“The Five White Mice” should be counted as one of Stephen Crane’s great short stories. It has many parallels to “The Bride Comes to the Yellow Sky,” with a standoff moment that was the turning point in many people’s lives. In this case as in “The Bride Comes to the Yellow Sky,” the Scratchy Wilson figure takes a step back, as Scratch did, and the dangerous moment passed by. The last line was a final Crane ironic moment, “Nothing had happened.” Yet everything had. Six people lived where several or all of them may have died or been jailed if they remained alive. The story relates to Americans in Mexico who revel in a bar, carry on with gambling, and then go out into the night. They come across a group of Mexicans and bump into them. A trivial event but inflamed by alcohol and the late hour. The standoff occurs. It ends, and will probably remain, as with the Sheriff, his bride, and Scratch, a turning point moment in everyone's lives that they would remember for the rest of their lives. A lovely revel (this story) or home coming celebration (Bride) suddenly turns into a life threatening situation, which the characters overcome with great good fortune and a tad of luck.

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About the Author

Stephen Crane (1871–1900) was an American novelist, poet, and journalist. He worked as a reporter of slum life in New York and a highly paid war correspondent for newspaper tycoons William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer. He wrote many works of fiction, poems, and accounts of war, all well received but none as acclaimed as his 1895 Civil War novel, The Red Badge of Courage. Today he is considered one of the most innovative American writers of the 1890s and one of the founders of literary realism.

About the Narrator

Deaver Brown is an author and entrepreneur. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School, and his books include Crucial Conversations, Presidential Wisdom, George Washington: Farewell Address, and numerous others.