"A Game of Catch is a short story written by the author, Richard Wilbur. The
interplay of power, control, authority is confusing and misleading and is a favorite literary
theme. This story underscores the dynamics of a youngster who comes into a situation
and asserts a sense of autonomous control over others. One of the main characters, Scho,
will always show up in every classroom, in every social gathering, both in youth and
In this story, Scho was just minding his own business while walking past the side
lawn of the firehouse. He noticed two seventh grade boys, Monk and Glennie, playing a
game of catch. Scho was first intimidated by them because of how well they could throw
the ball back and forth to each other.
Richard Wilbur phrased this moment of Scho watching Monk and Glennie as a
"luxurious dance in the sun, their faces perfectly blank and entranced. The point Richard
was trying to get across was how Scho was in such awe of Monk and Glennie's game.
As Scho was still staring at the two boys Glennie looked over and noticed him and
invited him over to join, although Scho did not have a glove. Glennie had then moved over
to form a triangle with the three of them. They