Short story: “Truth and Consequences”

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“Truth and Consequences,” by Brendan Gill

Appeared in the New Yorker, September 6th, 1941 (subscribers can read it online); read for Miette’s Bedtime Story Podcast, though she calls it “Truth or Consequences”

Maybe 1,500 words?

I’m impressed with the economy of this story. We learn everything relevant about the main character only after the conflict is underway.