The Chaser | Study Guide

John Collier

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John Collier

Year Published



Short Story


Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Fiction

Perspective and Narrator

"The Chaser" is narrated from a third-person limited omniscient point of view.


"The Chaser" is told in the past tense.

About the Title

The title, "The Chaser," is a pun—the humorous use of a word or phrase in a way that suggests two meanings. The main character, Alan Austen, is chasing a woman, so he is the chaser. However, a chaser is also an alcoholic beverage drunk after another—either weaker or stronger—alcoholic beverage. In the story, the old man suggests that Alan will return to buy a second type of potion—the chaser—after using the first.


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