Black Boy - Study Guide Chapters 15-16 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 15. Richard and his Aunt Maggie arrive in Chicago and rent a single room in which to live. The very next morning Richard gets a job in a delicatessen run by a Mr. and Mrs. Hoffman. When Richard has an opportunity to take a test for a postal position he does not dare tell the Hoffman’s that he will have to miss work. He makes up a story about his mother dying and having to go to her funeral. The Hoffman’s don’t buy it. They know he is lying, but the more they tell him they know, the more he digs himself in deeper and deeper. Richard is amazed by two things; one; that they bothered to take the time to talk to him, and two; that they don’t fire him, even though they know he has lied. Richard is crushed by the...

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