This has to be one of the saddest things I have ever read in my life. It really shows how heartless some people can really be.
This story is about a family of a mother, father, three children, and the father's mother that lives with them. They were arguing in the beginning of the story on where they were going to go on vacation. The grandmother wanted to go to Tennessee and the rest of the family wanted to go to Florida. The grandmother did not want to go to Florida because she said thats where the misfit was and he was on the loose and she didn't want to run into him. They didn't listen to what the grandmother said and left for Florida just as they had planned. The grandmother sneaked her cat into the basket and she covered it with some sort of blanket so her son wouldn't say anything because he despised the cat. They went on their road trip to Florida and made a few stops along the way for food and things. On their way there, grandmother babbled on about how she would love to see this old house that reminded her of her childhood but the son refused to stop. Once the children begged and nagged him, he finally turned around and they headed down the road that the grandmother had told them about. She realized when they were driving down the road that the plantation house was in Tennessee and not in Georgia where they were at. She was so embarrassed at her mistake that she didn't say anything. The grandmother accidentally hit the basket that the cat was in and he jumped out onto the father. This startled everyone and cause the car to flip and the family flung out in their wreck. Once they figured out that everyone was okay they sat in the ditch and pondered on what they were going to do. They saw a car coming and when it pulled up, three men got out that had guns and began to talk to them about the predicament that they were in. The grandmother then realized that one of the men that were standing in front of them was the misfit. The misfit told his two partners to take the two males into the woods and after a while the women and the misfit heard two gunshots. The misfit's two partners returned and took the female's with them this time except for the grandmother. The whole time all of this was going on the grandmother kept saying to the misfit that he was a good boy and would never harm a lady. The misfit would agree with her but he kept saying how he was different. The misfit also mentioned that he had good parents, which didn't make a lot of sense because usually people who turn out bad have had a rough childhood or a bad experience previously. He told her that he wished he would have seen when God raised the dead, because maybe things wouldn't have turned out the way they had. He said that "it's nothing for you to do but enjoy the few minutes you got left the best way you can by killing somebody or burning down his house or doing some other meanness to him. No pleasure but meanness," which kind of made it seem like that he believed that if you knew you were going to die anyways you might as well do bad things. He eventually shot the grandmother three times in the chest, which finished off the whole family and the two partners drug her off into the woods where the rest of the family was.
I don't understand how someone could just shoot a whole family like that for no reason at all. I wonder if something really did happen in his past that made him have that attitude towards life and not care what happened to him in the end. This story is really sad, but it shows just how cruel some people can really be.