One of these days, a short, very short story written by Gabriel Garcia
Marquez, is considered one of his masterpieces. This is the story of the
consequences of a corrupt mayor that lead to a head-on-head argument with
a local dentist.
The story opens on a low and gloomy raining Monday. Escovar, a
dentist with no degree, arrives at work and prepares the equipment for the
day. After laying out part of his equipment, he is interrupted by the arrival of
the village mayor. His son rushes to tell him that the mayor wants a tooth
pulled but Escovar ignores it. Readers might take note from this that there
might be something between Escovar and the mayor because which dentist
refuses a costumer like the mayor with deep pockets.
The story continues with his son telling his father about the mayor’s
threat of violence if Escovar doesn’t see the mayor and help him. With an
extremely tranquil movement, he stops what he is doing and takes out a
revolver. O.K. he said. “Tell him to come shoot me”. The author uses
“tranquil movement” to show how fearless and bold Escovar is towards the
mayor’s threat of violence. The story steps into the rising action and slowly
reveals the true conflict between these two characters. The mayor walks in,
Escovar saw desperation in his eyes and decides to show mercy on him. Just
when we think everything is over, the author uses conversation between the
mayor and Escovar to bring back the readers attention. Escovar tells the mayor the tooth has to be pulled without anesthesia because the mayor has
an abscess. The mayor senses that it is a lie but because of the severe situation he is having, he reluctantly agrees to it.
The story reaches its climax when Escovar yells out “Now you’ll pay
for our twenty dead man” and pulls the mayor’s tooth out. A possible
conflict between the mayor and Escovar might not be direct rather...