"Rock Springs" Explication
"Rock Springs" starts out with Earl Middleton driving a stolen Mercedes from Montana to Florida with his girlfriend Edna, daughter Cheryl, and dog Little Duke in tow. Even though the car was stolen, when the engine lights comes on, Earl suggests they pull over and see what the problem is, as to not ruin the engine. Edna and Cheryl are both aware that the car is stolen, and are perfectly fine with the situation. They decide to ditch the car in the nearest town, Rock Springs, Wyoming. Up to this point of the story, it seems like this Earl and Edna are a low key Bonnie and Clyde, stealing cars or cash, but never really causing anyone physical harm just the loss of personal property. It appears like the rest of the story will track their journey to Florida, and detail each new crime they commit. That, in itself, wouldn't be a bad story. It would have the possibility for some drama, maybe a police encounter or two, and the action scenes of doing the wrong thing all the time and trying to not get caught. However, that is not how the story unfolds. Upon entering Rock Springs, Earl parks the car off the road, out of sight, and goes to explore a huge white factory. He finds immigrant housing surrounding the factory, and knocks on the door of the first trailer. He meets a woman who lets Earl use her phone to call a cab for Edna and Cheryl. He makes small talk with the woman, and finds out that the large white factory is a gold mine, or gold refinery. After talking to the woman, Earl heads back to the parked car to wait for the cab. The cabbie takes them through the downtown area of Rock Springs, shows them a few of the sights on the way, and finally takes them to a hotel for the night. After everyone is a sleep, Earl walks out to the parking lot of the hotel and begins to look in the windows of the parked cars. After reading this story, I believe it to be one of the most boring, uneventful stories I have ever read. There...
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