This short story takes us back to ww2, in a Jewish community in Montreal. The author, Mordecai Richler talks about a young boy who went to war in 1941, and got discharged and sent home before the war ended. His name was Benny, a short and skinny man with long narrowed face, pulpy mouth and soft black eyes. His farther Mr Garber wasn’t afraid of sending his son to war nor did his mother Mrs Garber who knew her son would take care and watch out for himself. He was a quite boy who wouldn’t push were he shouldn’t.
When he returned home from the war, no one noticed him changed, except for Myerson’s daughter. Bella, a young girl by the age of twenty-six, she was working at Pop’s Cigar & Soda, the owner of the property was The Myerson’s family.
Bella could see something has changed about Benny the first time they met after his return from the war. There was something about his hands.
Quote; ‘’ He had big conspicuous hands, which he preferred to keep out of sight in his pockets. In fact he seemed to want to keep out of sight all together;’’
Benny’s hands are somewhat a symbol for his illness. Every time it rained it would make him feel more locked or somewhat more emotional, he would either stare at his hands or grip it until the knuckles turned white. The rain must had reminded him of the terrifying war in Europe, or something that took place at a specific place and time, as in the story Benny mentions; Quote;’’ I was walking with the sergeant. He reached into his pocket to show me a letter from his wife when..;’’ and he never finishes the story . Something must have happened, as he starts to shiver when he talks about it. I think it was raining that day and perhaps this explains why he is so afraid of the rain. I personally think Benny has a mental disorder. In high school he was stupid and his teacher said ; Quote; ‘’ Benjamin is not a