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Thursday, December 27, 2012

THE BEST OF THE WORST OF TIMES Chapter 3


Running young Man
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 Surprise, Surprise

So! George thought that his freedom was more important than his job on the west coast.  He had run from that girl, to the deep South, and was happy at his Dad’s place.  Perhaps a little background on his fiancée, (fiancée? that was her understanding but not his.)

As I mentioned she was from a Portuguese family with strong old world culture. There were four boys and three girls. The father saw to it that everyone was employed at a young age, and earning money which they gave every penny to the father.  

With all the kids working on paper routes, cleaning homes, whatever they or the father could find for them to do, the family’s fortune increased.  By the time the boys were grown, the family had a very large house in the good part of town.  

As the boys grew up the dad eventually started to give them some spending money so they could take a girl out.  When one got married they stayed in the family home until they could save enough to buy and pay for a house of their own.  

While the father was the big noise in the home, the kids paid attention to what the mother said and obeyed her. The girl George had more or less promised to marry was about sixteen, and her parents weren’t aware of their intimacy.

After George left her for his home in the south she was pretty upset but not discouraged, because she knew some of the rest of his family that had migrated to California and little by little she got all the information about where he was from them.  
 
She did this by asking indirect questions that led to what she wanted to know.

Her father never let her have the money she earned, and she was paid in cash and would always take her pay envelope home to her father.
 
One day she packed her bags and come payday which was every two weeks she went straight to the train depot and boarded a train to Chicago and then transferred to a bus to reach the south where George was.

When she arrived at George’s Dad’s house, she marched in and informed all present, that she and George were going to get married. Those in the house didn't know what to say so they sat her down and waited for George to come home.

When George arrived home he was speechless.

The girl acted as if everything was just following the natural steps to getting married, and never mentioned anything about him leaving her.  It was as if it had all been planned that way.

She moved into his room and overnight George accepted the fact he was going to be married to her.  After some time they still hadn't said their vows, but they were however on their honeymoon.

George's dad suggested that they move into their own place for he was feeling uneasy about their arrangement and he wanted them out of there.
Shack but it is Home
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George decided he would return to doing day labor for three dollars a day. They found a little shack with no water, electricity or a bath or toilet but it was home.

This was quite a contrast to her father's large house but she decided to make the best of it.

To be Continued    

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