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The Watcher This incredible short story is about a little boy named Charlie Bradley who isnt like all the other kids his age He was a very sick boy Charlie had a loving mother who cared for him when he was sick They seemed to have both one terrible thing in common a bad chest The Bradleys did not own a television set so Charlie had to find different means of entertainment on his long sick days at home He learned that if he kept quiet and still the adults would have labeled him to be part of the furniture On his days home Charlie received glimpses into the adult world of common topics like misery and scandals These relations and encounters with the adults had drastically matured Charlie before his time Later on that year Mabel Bradley his mother was sent to the hospital because the condition of her chest had worsened When Charlies mother got sick his father took charge of the chores in the house Charlie did not like his father very much he described him as a desolate lanky drooping weed of a man who married late in his life but nevertheless had been easily domesticated3 His mothers sickness and departure seriously afflicted his father In spite of the fact that Charlie portrays of his father he was a soft and sentimental man who loved his wife Once he had the chance to dispose of Charlie he went to visit his wife in the hospital Although they are father and son Charlie does not seem to appreciate the time he spends with him At the end of the school year Charlie was shipped off to his grandmothers Grandma Bradley Grandma Bradley was a striking woman She was six feet tall strong hefty and in terrific shape for he age Charlies grandmother loved to spend her free time in town playing bridge canasta or whist She did not
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