K. Smith, is a character from the short story to fisherman by Morley Callaghan. He is
also known as Smitty. He is a simple, shy person who wants very little from other
people; however many people choose not to talk to him because he is a hangman. The
town reporter, Michael Foster, approaches Smitty to get information for his article.
Michael soon discovers that Smitty is misunderstood, and people give him a quick
judgment. Smitty thinks, “Somebody’s got to do my job. There’s got to be a hangman.”
(Callaghan 2) he is detached from his job; Smitty prefers to, “… never read about them.”
Because it would make the job too hard for him (Callaghan 2). K. Smith, is a
misunderstood character who has simple beliefs and a simple life, but many people
would rather judge him then get to know him.