This story is told in third person, andit is mainly a flashback of this guy named, Mero.
It is a story-within-a-storyof Mero’s father’s girlfriend. The story takes place in Wyoming as Mero istraveling from Massachusetts to Wyoming to his brother’s funeral (Proulex, 1). Mero and his brother, Rollo were raisedon a rundown ranch in Wyoming (Proulex, 1).
Mero left the ranch when he wasyounger to go into war, he then planted himself in Massachusetts and became asuccessful business man (Proulex, 1). The ranch was hard work, which made Meroa hard working successful man. Betweenall of the risks that came with running cows in rough country and the dailyskills of the ranch made him want to leave and never come back (Proulex 7). Hisfather had different girlfriends, one of whom tells the story of the halfskinned steer (Proulex 2). Mero’s dad was also “married” to his bottle ofalcohol (Proulex 2).
Rollo, who is Mero’s brother, stayed in Wyoming and ranthe ranch with his family (Proulex 1). On his way across the country to Wyoming,Mero had wrecked his Cadillac by not paying attention during a flashback, butbought a new one (Proulex 5). After Mero wrecked his Cadillac he started havingflashbacks of his life on the ranch. Mero’s dad’s girlfriend had told him astory of a man named, “Tin Head” who had a ranch near Mero when he was growingup. While butchering a steer, Tin Head quit halfway into the job to eat hisdinner so that he could take a nap (Proulex 7). Tin Head returns to butcher thesteer but finds out that the steer was gone and only the tongue lay on theground (Proulex 7). As the girlfriend tells the story it seems as though Merowants his father’s girlfriend, but struggles to settle with her since he wouldbe getting the leftovers.
Therefore Mero discovers he must have his own woman,but Mero ends up having several failed relationships within his life (Proulex8). As Mero pulled into Wyoming, he had aboutone mile left to go. It was dark and because it had been 60 some years he had ahard time remembering how to get to the ranch. It’s almost like he didn’texpect anything to change since he had been gone. His car had gotten stuck inthe snow, he was frustrated, and hungry so he decided to get out and walk. WhenMero stops at the end and seems to be dying her realizes he has been under theclose watch of the angry glare of the half-skinned steer’s eye (Proulex 11). As it snows in Wyoming, Mero is remindedof what the cold and lonely winters can do to lonely souls.
That is it cancause you to become depressed and alone. The same way his life has been nowthat he is 83 years old. His brother seems like he resents the fact that Meroleft and he stayed behind. Given that Mero left the ranch he still learned howto work hard because of the life on the ranch with his father and brother andbecome successful in his own eyes, but he realizes his past will always be thereason he died.