“The Man of the Crowd” 10/18
(originally published December 1840 in Graham’s Magazine and Atkinson’s Casket)
The narrator secretly trails an old man through the crowded streets of London, obsessed with discovering the man’s ultimate destination. But after an entire night of tracking the man’s restless movements, the narrator must begin to wonder: does the man have a destination at all?
Summary written by Taylor Colegrove, May 2011. Title links to the full text of the story.