He Also Serves (Henry)

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He Also Serves
Summary of the Short Story
Microsummary: A man named Hunky Magee recounts his adventures with his friend High Jack Snakefeeder, including a trip to Mexico where they encounter ruins and a mysterious girl.

Hunky Magee, a camp-follower of fortune, met his friend High Jack Snakefeeder, a Cherokee Indian, in Washington. High Jack had been commissioned by the Minority Report Bureau of Ethnology to go to Mexico and translate some excavations. Hunky joined him on the trip, and they ended up in a small town called Boca de Coacoyula.

Hunky Magee — narrator; waiter at Chubb's restaurant; adventurous, observant.
High Jack Snakefeeder — Cherokee man; friend of Hunky; educated, interested in ethnology.

Hunky Magee is introducing the topic of Indians and their modern achievements to the narrator.

Speaking of the next election, did you ever know much about Indians? No? I don't mean the Cooper, Beadle, cigar-store, or Laughing Water kind—I mean the modern Indian—the kind that takes Greek prizes in colleges and scalps the half-back on the other side in football games.

There, they discovered a temple with a stone statue that looked exactly like High Jack. High Jack believed he was the reincarnation of the Aztec god Tlotopaxl and that his love, Florence Blue Feather, was also reincarnated.

Florence Blue Feather — Cherokee girl; educated, interested in ethnology; disappeared mysteriously.

One day, a young woman who looked strikingly similar to Florence Blue Feather came to the temple and offered flowers to the statue. High Jack, believing he was the god, stepped down from the pedestal and spoke to her in an ancient language. The girl seemed to accept his divine nature, and they walked away together, hand in hand, disappearing into the forest.

Hunky was left behind, and he had to ask Major Bing, a wealthy man in the town, for money to return home.

Major Bing — owner of a dye-wood business; wealthy, influential.

Back in his old job at Chubb's restaurant, Hunky revealed that the girl who looked like Florence Blue Feather was actually his wife, and they lived together in a flat in East Twenty-third Street.

Hunky Magee expresses his positive opinion about Indians and their virtues when they interact with the white race.