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Shvoong Home>Books>Novels & Novellas>The Hitchhiker Review

The Hitchhiker

Book Review   by:buta     Original Author: Roald Dahl
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The author was going to London all alone in his car. He saw a man thumbing for lift. The hitchhiker asked the author if he was going to London. The writer invited him to come into the car. The author said that he was a writer and what did the hitchhiker do? Hitchhiker said that he did a skilled job. He said that the secret of life was to become expert in something which was harder to do. The hitch hiker enquired about the maximum speed of the car. The writer said it was 129m.p.h. The hitch hiker said that the car would not go at the speed as all the car sellers are liars. But the writer was sure that his car could. So the hitch hiker asked him to prove it.

The writer pressed his foot down on the accelerator. It was at 120m.p.h. but at that very moment the driver heard the scream of police siren. A police on a motorcycle went past them and raised a hand for them to stop. The hitch hiker advised the author more than it was needed. The police man enquired why they were in a hurry and did they know the speed limit in the country? The writer said it was 70m.p.h. The policeman asked him for the driving license, and then filled in the date, the time, and the detail of his offence on the penalty ticket, tore out the top copy and gave it to the writer. Then the policeman turned to the hitchhiker and asked his name, address, proof, profession and the name of the employer.

The policeman said to the author that his license was going to be cancelled, fined and may be imprisoned. When the policeman had departed the writer looked worried. The hitchhiker consoled him. The writer then asked him what his profession was. He was in a very queer trade and that his job was hundred times more difficult than playing piano, being a conjurer or a card player.

Suddenly the passenger took out a black leather belt and asked the writer if he had ever seen it. It was the writer’s belt. Then he produced many things that belonged to the writer. The writer asked him if he was a pick pocket but the hitchhiker said no he was a fingersmith.The writer enquired how many times he had been caught? The man said pick pockets get caught not fingersmiths.Then the driver asked him if he was afraid as the police has his record and will check on him. At this the passenger cleverly smiled and held out the two books he had taken from the policeman’s pocket. The writer was very happy and called him a fantastic fellow.

Published: August 04, 2008   
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  1. Answer   Question  :    four levels of writing View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    why did the hitchhiker wait for such a long time before telling the narrator his real occupation? View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    blurb of this story please ..... ( 1 Answer ) View All
  1. Answer  :    Short stories don't have blurbs Friday, March 07, 2014
  1. Answer   Question  :    why did the dad stop to pick the hitchhicker up ( 1 Answer ) View All
  1. Answer  :    1. He isn't a dad 2. Because he's friendly, nothing more Friday, March 07, 2014
  1. Answer   Question  :    do you agree the ending of this story that the driver and hitch-hiker burn the police's book? View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    what did the hitchhiker look like? View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    four levels of interaction of the hitch-hiker View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    Can you tell me the character of the policeman? ( 1 Answer ) View All
  1. Answer  :    Dangerously mocking Monday, June 04, 2012
  1. Answer   Question  :    I didnt understand the last paragraph sorryI didnt understand the last paragraph sorry View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    well,what's up haha lolz? View All
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