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Tommy The Street Bum Essay

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Everybody in William Street said that Tommy was mad, and so they left him alone. But I'm not so sure now that he was mad, and I can think of many people much madder than Tommy ever was.He didn't look mad. He was a man of medium height, thin; he wasn't bad looking either. He never stared at you the way I expected a mad man to do; and when you spoke to him you were sure of getting a very reasonable reply.But he did have some curious habits.He went up for every election, city council or legislative council, and then he stuck posters everywhere in the district. These posters were well printed. They just had the word "Vote" and below was Tommy's picture.At every election he got exactly three votes. That I couldn't understand. Tommy voted for himself, but who were the other two?I asked Hat.Hat said, "I really can't say, boy. Is a real mystery. Perhaps is two jokers. But they is funny sort of jokers if they do the same thing so many times. They must be mad just like he"And for a long time the thought of these two mad men who voted for Tommy haunted me. Every time I saw someone doing anything just a little bit odd, I wondered, " Is he who voted for Tommy?"At large in the city were these two men of mystery. Tommy never worked. But he was never idle. He was hypnotized by the word, particularly the written word, and he would spend a whole day writing a single word.One day I met Tommy at the corner of William Street."Boy, where you going?" Tommy asked"I going to school," I replied.And Tommy, looking at me solemnly, said in a mocking tone, "So you goes to school, eh?"I said automatically, "Yes, I go to school." And I found that without intending it I had imitated Tommy's correct and very English accent.That again was another mystery about Tommy. His accent. If you shut your eyes as he spoke, you would believe an Englishman----- a good-class Englishman who wasn't particular about grammar----- was talking to you.Tommy said, as though speaking to himself, "So the little man is going to school."Then he forgot me, and took out a long stick of chalk from his pocket and began writing on the pavement. He drew a very big S in outline and then filled it in, and then the C and the H and the O. But then he started making several O's each smaller than the last, until he was writing in cursive, O after flowing O.When I came home for lunch, he got to French Street and he was still writing O's, rubbing off mistakes with a rag.In the afternoon he had gone around the block and was practically back in William Street.I went home, changed from my school-clothes into my home-clothes and went out into the street.He was now halfway up William Street. He said , "So the little man gone to school today?"I said "Yes."He stood up and straightened his back.Then he squatted again and drew the outline of a massive L and filled it in slowly and lovingly.When it was finished, he stood up and said, "You finish you work. I finish mine."Or it was like this. If you told Tommy you were going to...

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