Character Debate

Character Debate

The Zoo Story

(Peter approaches the ghost of jerry hereafter.)

Peter

Jerry, what happened after I left you on the bench dying?

Ghost

Of course I died. Do think otherwise?

Peter

I meant did the police come immediately or how long did they take?

Ghost

Why do you care?

Peter

I am still worried and feel haunted by your spirit for killing you.

Ghost

No, you did not. I took my self to my resting place thanks to you.

Peter

You still have not answered my question that still bothers me. When did the police come? Do think they opened an investigation?

Ghost

Are ghost supposed to know that? Do think I have time for earth while in hell awaiting judgment?

Peter

I guess that is another story you intend to tell me. Before I forget, what happened after the lion as fed? Is that when you decided to head north? Or northerly as you said?

Ghost

Yes. You are right about that. Or what did you expect happened after the lion was fed?

Peter

I thought something like the lion attendant made a mistake and left the lion house open and probably the lion attacked somebody before it was injected with a tranquilizer.

Ghost

No. you thought wrong. Noting happened to the lion or people at the zoo.

Peter

Then tell me what happened at the zoo that I was supposed to hear in the news?

Ghost

Do not be a cabbage while you told me you are a writer, yet you did not realize that was a way to keep you glued at your bench so I could tell all that I wanted to tell.

Peter

And did you manage to tell all that you had to tell?

Ghost

Can you not read in between the lines? Of course, I did, and I did not want you to leave yet so I thought of having something exiting. That was the reason I started tickling you, when I sat down. It was the best relationship I had had with anybody for a long time.

Peter

Why did you ask me to get off the bench and continued to insist so hard even after I refused?

Ghost

I should ask you the same question. Why did you refuse so blatantly even without a consideration? Did you not ask yourself why I asked you to vacate the bench; did you not think I wanted to illustrate something?

Peter

No. you did not imply any of that when you were punching me on the hand and when you pushed me. More so, why did you start a fight?

Ghost

I did not want you to leave. That is why.

Peter

And why did you impale yourself on the knife, or rather why did you give the knife to me instead of using against me?

Ghost

I gave you the knife so I would not kill you because you had a reason to live, which I did not. That is why I impelled you to fight back so you would stab me to death. When I realized you would not, I impaled myself on the knife. I just could not manage to do it on my own. You did me a great favor, now I can rest, though hell is no joke either.

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