Everyone has tried to fear something. Whether it’s the man walking right behind you in the middle of the night or the dolls in your sister’s room. We are easily affected by everything we see, hear, read, and experience.

Lester Billings is the main character in the short story. He is a 28-year-old man and works for an industrial firm in New York while he lives in Waterbury, Connecticut.

He is divorced and has three children who all died under mysterious circumstances. From Dr. Harper’s perspective Billings is a charmless old-looking man with thinning hair and pale skin. Suggested by the sentence:

“His eyes held all the miserable secrets of whisky” (p. 1), Billings looks like, or is an alcoholic. He isn’t feeling well and maybe drinks his pain away, but now he finally seeks professional help.