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What was the author's general tone in the short story "Just Lather, That's All"? |

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The author Hernando Tellez tells this story in a very matter-of-fact manner that belies the seriousness of the situation. Tellez introduces the brutality of Captain Torres through simple conversation between the two men, and then slowly reveals the true relationship between the two rivals. The tension builds as the reader comes to realize that the barber can end the town's misery with one stroke of his blade, but the barber is a professional and must not mix politics with his avocation, and, unlike his customer, he must not spill a single drop of blood. Although the reader eventually comes to understand that Captain Torres is the barber's mortal enemy, the author does not disclose that Torres suspects the barber until the very end.

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