Tripmaster Monkey: His Fake Book Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What does Wittman think when he sees some Chinese immigrants in Golden Gate Park?

Wittman sees a group of newly arrived Chinese immigrants strolling towards him. Wittman recognizes them by their multiple layers of homemade sweaters, nylon clothes and F.O.B. perfume. He imagines them saying to each other "'Ny-lon ge. Mm lon doc.' 'Nylon-made. Lasts forever."'

2. What does Wittman fantasize about on the bus?

Wittman reads aloud from The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge by Rilke. None of the other passengers objects, which Wittman interprets to mean that they enjoy hearing Rilke on their commute. He fantasizes that the other passengers will write letters to the City Council, demanding a reader always be on this route. Wittman believes that he is starting a tradition that may result in a permanent job.

3. What does Wittman tell Nanci about his life?

Wittman recounts his history for Nanci. He tells her that he was born backstage in a vaudeville theater, where his mother was a Chinese can-can dancer.

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