Outcasts Of Poker Flat
On the way to Sandy Beach, the group exiled from Poker Flat stopped at a mountain campsite. Here they came across two people making their way to Poker Flat from Sandy Bar. The two people were Tom Simson, "The Innocent," and Piney Woods. Oakhurst knew Tom because they had played cards a few months back. The encounter was a learning experience for Tom because Oakhurst "won [his] entire fortune," (Harte 609). Seeing that Tom was such an easy mark and had no business playing cards, Oakhurst took him aside and said "Tommy, you're a good little man, but you can't gamble worth a cent. Don't try it over again," (Harte 609). This suggests that there are no hostile feelings towards one another, and also the compassion of Oakhurst. Tom is similar to Oakhurst in the aspect that he is willing to do whatever it takes to save Piney, and the rest of the group. "There's one chance in a hundred," is what Oakhurst tells Tom about saving the group. Oakhurst contradicts himself when asks Tom to take a gamble to save the others. "Don't try to do it again," (Harte 609) is what Oakhurst initially tells Tom,
Cited: Harte, Bret. "The Outcasts of Poker Flat." The American Tradition in Literature. Vol 2, McGraw-Hill College. Bostom, 1999. Pages 606-614.