Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

A Fair Exchange [Short Story]

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Title

A Fair Exchange [Short Story]
The Messenger, Volume XLII
Page 124 (1 of 4)

Description

In this fable-style short story, Gellman describes a stereotypical, poor Irish boy named Tobias who steals and cons people out of money to make a living, until one day when he is moved with sympathy for another "poor" boy, Mickey. After Tobias gives Mickey some money that he had just conned someone out of, the reader learns that Mickey was conning Tobias. Though the author does not explicitly state that Mickey is Irish as well, we could infer that he may be, as "Mick" is associated as an offensive word for an Irishman. The story relies heavily on Irish stereotypes, common with the anti-Irish sentiment of the time.

Creator

Source

Virginia Baptist Historical Society
Richmond, VA

Date

1915

Contributor

Caitlin McCallister

Format

Files

Collection

Citation

Moses Gellman, “A Fair Exchange [Short Story],” Race & Racism at the University of Richmond, accessed June 16, 2019, http://memory.richmond.edu/items/show/149.