Arthur came across Dorothy and Palmer and told them that he was shooting pigeons at the pigeon shoot. Arthur makes fun of Palmer since he is staying with Dorothy and not coming with him to shoot pigeons.
Palmer heard a story where Arthur dashed around tables trying to grab a hold of the pigeon and so when he did he wrung his neck.
Ohh, I understand now. Dad was a sharpshooter.
When family fest would arrive, and pigeon shoots would go on, Palmer would usually end up in his fathers lap when he got home. "But on those days he could smell the gray and sour odor of the gun smoke".
I don't want to be a wringer.
For Palmers eighth birthday, his mom takes him on a trip to the big city for one day and Palmer saw pigeons everywhere.
Palmer wanted to look back at his dads trophy in the den and understood that his dad was a sharpshooter. This made Palmer even more upset now knowing that his dad was a sharpshooter.
"He did not want to be a wringer" Palmer is crying to Dorothy that he does not want to be a wringer.