Carlson is an owner of the ranch where Candy lives. Carlson is irritated because of the man’s old dog which looks and smells bad. He encourages Candy to kill the animal due to its age. Carlson promises to do this without any pain to the dog. He is a bitter and mean farmworker who shoots the dog. He cannot understand Candy’s feelings to this dog as it was his only friend. Although he may be right to kill it because it was blind and smelled bad, he does it without understanding how precious this animal is to Candy.
Carlson in the Essays