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In the short story Night of the Twister by James Michael Ullman the main character Karen Smallwood is an intelligent teacher who was raised by a lawman She saves her life with clever and quick thinking in the midst of a very dangerous situation Karen stays calm and cooperates with the intruders so that her devised plan does not fail In the story Garth says Youre pretty cool about all this I admire women who dont lose their heads and start hollerin like the one in the diner this mornin-the one we had to shut up At this very difficult position the intruder notices her surprisingly calm attitude because she did not screamLater on the intruders went on asking various questions about the premises They ask her about any guns in the house since she mentions her father is a former officer She replies without hesitation two hunting rifles a shotgun and two revolvers Theyre locked in a case upstairs My father has the key but if you want them you can just break the glass She quickly changes the topic to get Garths mind off of it This way she purposely did not mention the ancient double-barreled shotgun in the diner so the intruders are unaware Lastly as Garth begins to make Karen uncomfortable tormenting her verbally she continues to stall them so that her plan of action can work Then a sound from a distant freight train alarms the intruders since Karen tells them you cant see a twister you can hear it like a freight train She intentionally states this false information which gives the criminals a chance to run down to the cellar immediately allowing her to grab the shotgun and shoot Karen Smallwood shows us that she has the capability of thinking on the spot in a tricky situation She quickly outsmarts the intruders in order to fight for her life
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