By Mark Harris
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89,” I said. He wrote this down on a separate sheet. “I will throw this in,” he said, “plus pay you a bonus of $1,500 for the 15th victory you win this year, and 1,000 for every victory over 15. ” “Not if I win 25 games,” I said. “If you win 25 games I will round out Bonus Plan Number 2 to equal Number One,” said he. “But you know you are not libel to win 25 games. I do not see why you are trying to heckle me. ” “I won 26 in 52,” said I. ” He mentioned my Wonand-Lost for 53 and 54, which everybody knows, so no need to repeat.
When I got there Joe had things set up in the lobby, a table for 3, one chair for me and one for him and one empty and waiting for the slaughter. He had a pocket full of change and little bills. Next to the empty chair he stood a lamp all lit and bright, and at the empty place a clean and shining ash tray. The empty chair stood just a little sideways so a cluck could slide in easy. He shuffled, shuffling over and over again but never dealing, just waiting for the cluck to wander in sight. Joe knew.
He was so happy to see you, and he might of brung flowers or a slab of meat or a basket of fruit or a box of candy, always something, never nothing, something for you and something for Katie that he took upstairs and handed to her between customers and kissed her on the cheek like she was 16 and not yet been to her first dance. So we were never alone down there, for there was always Bruce, slouching, like in the barnyards or in church, listening without listening, looking from me to her and back again like the world never seen 2 people so smart and so good.