Complete summary of Bret Harte’s The Luck of Roaring Camp. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of The Luck of Roaring Camp. Now, the Special English program, AMERICAN STORIES. (MUSIC). Our story today is called, “The Luck of Roaring Camp.” It was written by. “The Luck” is a baby boy born to Cherokee Sal, a fallen woman who dies in The Luck of Roaring Camp, short story by Bret Harte, published in in the.

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Along the hill-side of some great mountains was the Roaring Camp in the year Retrieved 28 January Stumpy, exercising authority that none ventures to question, will not hear of a joke at the baby’s expense.

Higher up the gulch they found the body of its unlucky owner; but the pride, the hope, acmp joy, The Luck, of Roaring Camp had disappeared. The next day Cherokee Sal had such rude sepulture as Roaring Camp afforded. He began to worry about potential controversy over the story’s morality and the harm it would cause to the new Overland Monthly in its second issue.

The men are all devoted to Lucky, but none more than Kentuck. The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica. The next morning, the men of Roaring Camp buried Cherokee Sal. The men conversed in whispers or smoked with Indian gravity.

The ditches and rhe were not only deserted, but “Tuttle’s grocery” had contributed its gamblers, who, it will be remembered, calmly continued their game cammp day that French Pete and Kanaka Joe shot each other to death over the bar in the front room.

The floodwaters act in traditional metaphorical fashion as a cleansing stream, and Kentuck’s acceptance of death serves as a final assertion of spiritual values that survive death. Red Dog had been twice under water, and Roaring Camp had been forewarned. However, the tide turns when a small boy is born. Views Read Edit View history. Learn More in these related Britannica articles: The rest of the men built a campfire outside and gathered around it to wait.


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Beside the low bunk or shelf, on which the figure of the mother was starkly outlined below the blankets, stood a pine table. Michael Grogan rated it really liked it Luxk 18, Afterwards, they held a formal meeting to discuss what to do with the baby.

Short Story: ‘The Luck of Roaring Camp’ by Bret Harte

I only recently started to read Western stories and have enjoyed the few I have read already. Apr 24, Mj rated it really liked it. Its use was soon indicated. You read of rough gold miners, of pretty school teachers, and grizzly mountain men who showed up once in a while. The crowd approved the choice, and Stumpy was wise enough to bow to the majority. Perhaps the less said of her the better.

The Luck of Roaring Camp and Other Tales by Bret Harte

Stumpy didn’t say a word during these long discussions. It wasn’t until later, while reflecting on the stories that I had read that I realized that the majority didn’t have a happy ending.

The sleeping men had no chance to escape the rushing water, the crashing trees and the darkness. And they decided that they didn’t want any more of the other kind.

Not bad, not bad. A group of rough miners devote themselves to taking care of a motherless baby. The term “roughs” applied to them was a distinction rather than a definition. Keep Exploring Britannica Bob Dylan. The men are also engaging in bad behavior until the only woman in town dies in childbirth, leaving behind a baby boy.

It was proposed to build a hotel in the following spring, and to invite one or two decent families to reside there for the sake of The Luck, who might perhaps profit by female companionship.


Voltaire, one of the greatest of all French writers. If they had removed that part the story would have lost its value and poignancy, IMO. Francis Brett Hart, known as Bret Harte August 25, — May 5,was an American short story writer and poet, best remembered for his short fiction featuring miners, gamblers, and other romantic figures of the California Gold Rush.

Return to Book Page. It could not have been a fight, for in that was not novel enough to have called together the entire settlement. It needed but a glance to show them Kentuck lying there, cruelly crushed and bruised, but still holding The Luck of Roaring Camp in his arms. Surrounded by playthings such as never child out of fairyland had before, it is to be hoped that Tommy was content.

There was something original, independent, and heroic about the plan that pleased the camp. Three to five that “Sal would get through with it;” even that the child would survive; side bets as to the sex and complexion of the coming stranger.

By degrees the natural levity of Roaring Camp returned. Harte’s concise and economical style also contributes to the story’s clarity.

Stumpy shows resourcefulness, thinking that, because there is no other possible source, an ass’s milk might serve as food, which it does. The pines stopped moaning, the river ceased to rush, and the fire to crackle.

With only one woman in their midst, it seems as though the miners have no future. Perhaps the invigorating climate of hharte mountain camp was compensation for material deficiencies.

Unfortunately, the hope is wiped out by the sudden death of Luck in a flood.