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But her husband had never been thrown across a room, or kicked, or slammed headfirst into a door. No one had ever spoken to him as her father had spoken to Frank. He did not understand what it was to be helpless and alone. No one should be alone in this world. Everyone should have someone who kept faith, no matter what, all the way.

Tobias Wolff’s “The Night in Question” is about the relationship between the narrator, Frances, and her brother, Frank. They are closer than most siblings because their father was a violent man. Their father abused Frank and Frances stood up for her little brother. She hopes if he had to make similar choice, he would choose her like she did for him.

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