The Heart is a Lonely Hunter Part 1: Chapter 4 Summary
Jake wakes up late in the afternoon feeling really nasty. This dude is seriously hung over.
He sees Singer and asks him some questions, but Singer only smiles and nods.
Finally Singer hands Jake a card explaining that he's a deaf-mute, but that he can read lips just fine.
Jake feels like a jerk, but he chats a bit more with Singer before leaving.
When he gets outside, Jake starts up a conversation with a kid named Bubber (that should sounds familiar). While they're chatting, he sees Portia leave the house with Highboy and Willie.
Bubber gives Jake directions to the New York Café.
On the way, Jake stops into the fruit and candy store and picks up the classified ads to look for a job. Yeah, a job can't hurt.
Then he heads back to the Café and chats with Biff, who gives him the low-down on the town.
Biff agrees that he should check out the job at a local fair that needs a mechanic. So Jake wanders over to Weavers Lane, which is the not-so-nice part of town.
"Groups of dingy hungry-looking children called to each other and played games. The two-room shacks, each one like the other, were rotten and unpainted. The stink of food and sewage mingled with the dust in the air." (1.4.92) You get the picture.
Biff approaches the Sunny Dixie Show (most ironically named fair ever) and meets the owner, Patterson, who is really gruff.
Jake lands the job even though the empty show and the run-down merry-go-round give him the creeps. (Sounds like the set for a Stephen King novel, if you ask us.)
He then decides no day is complete without some socialist propaganda, and he tries to preach the word to some guys chilling on a street corner.
Jake likes to hear himself talk, but he hates being laughed at. When his audience starts mocking him, he shouts at them and storms off, a la Mick Kelly.
He wanders back to the nicer part of town and buys some fruit at Charles Parker's store. Then he goes back to Singer's room and starts telling Singer his life story.
Jake is convinced that Singer knows what he's talking about and knows the Marxist "truth" of the world.