- 1Max crossed the threshold hard upon her heels. Three descending
- 2 which hustlers-standing around, or playing at this
- 3I lived. Shorty's name was put down as recommending me.
- 4 At seven o'clock, when the night ball-racker came
- 5out to be lignite of little value, in the sandstone (probably
- 6you shined shoes, I learned, you also kept watch on customers
- 7a new shoeshine boy what he could pick up on the side by
- 8thing I liked immediately about Shorty was his frankness.
- 9and go into permanent camp just beyond the great river
- 10afternoon Shorty didn't let it show in his face how country
- 11didn't workanywhere, completely entranced me. I couldn't
- 12bars-not slipping off to some darkcorner, as in Lansing.
- 13and not Spaniards and that they were in sad want of tobacco
- 14the crowd thronging in. The most glamorous-looking white
- 15 _Showtime!_ people would start hollering about
- 16a moment, he kept schooling me. Shoelaces,this drawer
- 17composed. When we reached Lemuy we had much difficulty
- 18be shouting at the band; and it would bewailing, until
- 19and places, he remembered many, and pretty soon we sounded
- 20 When I modeled the zoot for Ella, she took a long
- 21And thus matters stood when, one hot night, Meriem, unable
- 22waste time! Freddie showed me how fast on my ownshoes.
- 23seemed to be doing fourthings at once. Here, you can take
- 24out for me, and went to a grocery store, where I got acan
- 25and he pulled up short, for, instinctively, he knew that
- 26 Shorty soon decided that my hair was finally long
- 27afternoon, Shorty introduced me to players and loungers.
- 28natural selves and not putting on airs. Even though I did
- 29with stating that they were poor natives of the place,
- 30figured right I'd be quitting. I told Freddie what the
- 31know of no pool joints around here needinganybody. You
- 32like white men's hair; Ella told me this was called a conk.
- 33Morison had been urging his suit once more that evening,
- 34 dance! Man, our people carry _on_! Whenever he had
- 35said Hi, Red, so that made me figure he wasfriendly.
- 36to work. I never had neither. Freddie got on the stand
- 37was the especial pride and joy of My Dear and Meriem. The
- 38got to go anywhere now? Well, stickaround until I get off.One
- 39That world of grocery stores, walk-up flats, cheap restaurants,
- 40the numbers. Well, you ain't never hadnothing to play
- 41solid wall opened before her; it was another masked door.
- 42and acouple of other places. But even before I came to
- 43Anyhow, he even introduced me to some of the other Basie
- 44in all kinds of styles, the men sharp intheir zoot suits
- 45often among the blooms beneath the great moon—the black-haired,
- 46me. Some hustles you're too new for. Cats will ask you
- 47showed-an' his head looked like abriar patch!But that
- 48satisfied the Negro dancers. But I know that Charlie Barnet's
- 49of three-halfpence, two fowls, one of which, the Indian
- 50to remember is that everything inthe world is a hustle.