Again with “nightmare – grotesque”
Henry Gatz. “He told me I et like a hog once, and I beat him for it.” So much can be revealed about a person’s upbringing in a simple sentence.
And again, the owl- eyed man. (You will encounter people like this in your life, who, in a few words or a simple action, restore faith in humanity.)
“…and then the owl-eyed man said ‘Amen to that,’ in a brave voice.” Amen to what?
Timeshift to the Midwest of the past, as an explanation of Nick’s decision to leave the East and return to it.
May you never run into such careless people, but be warned that they may be rich or poor.