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She might have to jive him, like tell him, 'Go ahead and do such-and-such a thing till I get it hard, or till I get my own self straighten out,' till she can get around and beat him. O r Alice Dean or one of the girls has to sneak behind and help her beat him. No telling how much money they make. You never see people getting so rich so quick. Eleanora was doing it. I wasn't - not then. Then I was learning the trade, by working in the house and watching. Alice Dean never learned me nothing, I just watch what she did.
But Sadie's time on the Point was a disappointment, and Wee Wee was another rejection. He was eight years younger than Sadie and remembered the time well; for a while Eleanora regarded him as a stepfather, and nearly fifty years later he voiced pangs of remorse over his misspent youth, while also forgiving himself, according to the eternal double standard: My mother tried to get me to do the right thing by Sadie, and that's the truth. ' I guess I was a bad fella. I was gambling, running around, running different women.
That's what I loved too. No telling how much I blowed in one nlght. However much my girls gave me, that's how much I blowed. I saw 'em each every day, they give me whatever they make. They was glad to give it to me. They love me, that's what they say. I was a young man; I satisfy 'em in bed. They don't want nothing else. I give 'em whatever they need to keep 'em presentable for trade. They didn't go too many places. I'm the one has to sport; they didn't do no sporting. Now and then I take one of 'em to a nightclub, but I never let 'em see no other cats.