Monday, January 4, 2010

The True Death of Juanito Rodriguez - Leigh Brackett

Short Story

Number of words : 4000
Average syllables per word : 1.3
Average words per sentence : 11.3


Fog : 6.7
Flesch : 82.9
Flesch-Kincaid : 4.5


New York West Side

Where the Rodriguez family live.


Josefina Rodriguez

Grieving mother, and widow.

Tina Rodriguez

Her young daughter.

Luisa Rodriguez

Her other young daughter, the elder of the two.

Juanito Rodriguez

Her dead son, shot to death in a robbery attempt, 16 at the time.

Consuela Rodriguez

Her eldest child, 18 years old and has moved out.


A suitor or Josefina's.

Father Chavez

Local priest.

Mr Hoffman

Local businessman who shot Juanito when defending his property.


Josefina's son Juanito was killed in a robbery attempt, and she cannot get over it. To the point of neglecting her two youngest daughters who need looking after. After the local priest tries to help her a confrontation with her eldest daughter begins to motivate her, when Consuela takes her two sisters away with her to look after them.

Josefina has a gun, and actually lines up the child of the Mr Hoffman, the man who shot her son, in her sights, but doesn't pull the trigger. In fact, she ends up defending him when she sees him cornered by friends and fellow hoodlums of Juanito's. This event finally gets through to her, as she sees the innocent boy home.

3.5 out of 5

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