Away - Part 1: July 3, 1924: I’ve Lost My Youth, Like a Gambler with Bad Cards Summary & Analysis

Amy Bloom
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Reuben takes Lillian to the Café Royale on Thursday afternoons where Yaakov teaches her English and Reuben shows his appreciation by supplying petit fours, tea and coffee. Yaakov brings Lillian two books, “The Beautiful and the Damned” and “A Tale of Two Cities”; letting Lillian struggle through some of the passages. Reuben has less patience, giving her the Times to read and correcting her inflection and diction at every turn. When Yaakov sees Lillian has had enough, he promises to show her some tricks and teaches her a joke that makes him and Reuben laugh until they cry. Lillian memorizes the joke and it is the only one that she will ever tell. Yaakov even teaches her how to waltz. Between Yaakov and Reuben, Lillian learns what to wear, taking her cues...

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