Short Story #248: The Ghost Patrol by Sinclair Lewis
Title: The Ghost Patrol
Author: Sinclair Lewis
ReflectionPublished in 1917, this is an interesting story. It has a bit of the detective story to it, clearly, but there is also the idea of the masked vigilante. Dorgan seems to have the motif of Batman with the disposition of Superman. Though it was an adventure story of sorts, it still had some interesting bits to offer. Dorgan makes a comment at one point about doing time. When talking to the lover, he explains, "“Then listen: You got to start in right here in Northernapolis, like you’re doing, and build up again. They didn’t sentence you to three years but to six — three of ’em here, getting folks to trust you again. It ain’t fair, but it is. See? You lasted there because the bars kep’ you in. Are you man enough to make your own bars, and to not have ’em wished onto you?” I rather like how he makes and frames this observation.
Short Story #248 out of 365
Rating: 2 (out of 5 stars)
Date Read: 7/20/2014
Source: The short story can be found at this website.
For a full listing of all the short stories in this series, check out the category 365 Short Stories a year.
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