Factotum - Chapters 17-22 Summary & Analysis

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Chapters 17-22 Summary

Henry quits and heads for New York. At Times Square, people swarm from the subways like insects, pushing and elbowing him to Third Avenue, where he finds a vacancy. The old Jewish manager takes him to her husband's shop to try on a used suit that Henry cannot afford. When he tries on the suit, both jacket and pants split. Henry goes on a two-day drunk, moves to Greenwich Village, and is refused service in a writers' bar O. Henry is said to have frequented.

The store looks deserted but has a Help Wanted sign. Two old guys hand Henry an armful of cardboard posters and a metal instrument that looks like a can opener. One jumps up on the subway seats and rips out old posters. Henry cannot budge them and bloodies his hands. Putting in new posters takes forever and their number is...

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