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that attacked Lennie were let off with a warning and probation.
people said they should have had some jail time but the Judge saw all the
stitches on their faces and felt they will have reminders the rest of their
Lennie he had a various dark bruises and a couple of swellings that disappeared
in a few weeks.
attack the business at the Deli picked up with mothers bringing their daughters
with them each time they shopped for the deli products.
mother said it was because the word was out that Lennie was available again.
It was the
same at school; the girls his age were giving him their phone number and saying
he should call them for a date.
forced courting behind him he started going out with a several of the young
ladies for future reference.
Some of them
were quickly written off from being marriage material although they were fun to
his parents Deli, Lennie was never paid with money.He received a small allowance and his keep
along with the promise he would have money enough for a house of his own; if
and when he decided to get married after schooling was over.
Also he was
promised he would inherit the Deli when his father retired. He enjoyed working
at the Deli especially debating with the women who shopped there.
wanted more for less while he said they got too much for what they were paying.
It for him was the best part of working there for many of them reminded him
they had some daughters who were soon going to be marriageable age.
laud their talents such as being thrifty, good cooks and house keepers.
smile and say, “I will think about it when I’m old enough for a woman.”
They knew he
was teasing, and in return would say, “You have been old enough for a long time
graduated his father insisted he go to business school for he said business is
getting more complicated each day. It
wasn’t like the old days where you cut off a piece of cheese and put the money
in the till.
in a business college and began to see his father’s business was going to soon
pass away. Too many things were against
convince his father this was true even as the neighborhood began to change.
Lennie tried to bring up the subject his father would go into a rage and blame
Lennie for ruining the business.
As a last
resort he brought his father down to the store for he hadn’t been there for a
couple of years. He told his father to go up and down the streets and greet the
old customers he saw.
later his Dad came back and said, “There was no one. I knocked on the doors of old friends and they
had moved or died.”
him,“This has been going on for the
last ten years. None of the old
customers came in anymore and their prices had been too high to attract new
that people shop differently now. They wouldn’t pay more for a better homemade
product. They were buying commercially packaged products rather than fresh
sliced cheese. - - And, He told his
father, they were losing three thousand dollars a month.
He went on
and said he had pulled out the old show cases and replaced them with open cases
with prepackaged food that people could pick up and bring to the checkout
counter like other stores.
was silent as he listened. Lennie went
on and said, “We now sell coffee, sandwiches, donuts and the like for takeout,
other than that everything in already prepared packages.
All the old help is gone otherwise our losses
would have been double. We are beginning to make money again.
I have a
buyer who wants to buy the store and we need to sell while we can.”
was astounded that things had changed, and were in such a bad shape.
said, “Maybe if you took a cut in your salary it would help.”
“I haven’t taken a penny in salary for the last three years, so I don’t think
that is the answer.
You and Ma are deeply in debt."
“If we sell now, you and Ma will have enough money to get by for the rest of
your life, if not you will lose your house for there is a note due and