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Everyone has morals The usual ones are Dont lie cheat or steal The swipe in Im a fool by Sherwood Anderson does not seem to possess these morals throughout the story although he does seem to feel remorseful at the end of the story He lies cheats and steals though not in a way most consider normal In Im a fool the swipe lies He lies about who he is where he is from and what he does He tells Miss Elinor Woodbury Mr Wilbur Wessen and Miss Lucy Wessen that he was Walter Mathers for Marietta Ohio and that his father owned the horse About Ben Ahem and that his father had let him out to this Bob French for racing purposes because our family was proud and had never gone into racing that way in our own way I mean and Miss Lucy Wessens eyes were shining He then went on to tell her about his place down in Marietta and about the big stables and the grand big house He had on the hill above the Ohio River He justifies this by saying that he knew enough not to brag and to make it seem like they were pulling it out of him instead of him telling them He cheats by using his lie that he is Walter Mathers son of the owner of About Ben Ahem He tells them that About Ben Ahem would lose the first heat by pacing like a lame cow and then he would come back and skin em alive after that like he had seen it happen before The swipe backs this up by having Mr Wilbur Wessen place thirty dollars of his the swipes money on About Ben Ahem for the best odds that he could get after the first heat The swipe is a thief because he stills another mans identity There aint any Walter Mathers like I said to her
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