That Was Then, This Is Now Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. How does Bryon manage to enter the bar/pool hall even though he's underage?

Bryon manages to enter the bar/pool hall even though he's underage because he is friends with Charlie, the owner and bartender. Bryon explains that he used to like Charlie's younger sister. Bryon became friends with Charlie while he was dating his sister, and remained friends with him even after they broke up. Bryon says that it's unusual for this to happen, but useful so that he can hustle pool games.

2. How does Bryon describe Charlie?

Charlie is the 22-year-old owner of the bar/pool hall that Bryon frequents. Even though Charlie is young to own such an establishment, Bryon says that he has a tough reputation and is known for keeping order in his bar. Bryon describes Charlie as a big, tough guy who he wouldn't want to fight with. Although Charlie is friendly to Bryon, he threatens to beat him up if he doesn't pay his tab. Bryon states that he knows Charlie is serious when he makes such threats.

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