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The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
by Carson McCullers
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter Part 2: Chapter 4 Summary
Jake visits Singer all the time. One day he comes in talking, as usual, and realizes that Singer doesn't know he's there since he didn't see him come in. Jake's a bit weirded out by that. But he gets over it pretty quickly, apparently, because he goes on to tell more of his life story and explains how a lady named Miss Clara "awakened" him to the "truth" and converted him to Communism. Jake gets increasingly angry as he rants about America and how workers are treated badly. Part of the problem: Jake's job at the Sunny Dixie pretty much stinks. At night, he goes home and is desperately lonely in his little basement apartment . "The loneliness in him was so keen that he was filled with terror." (2.4.21) Ugh. So, Jake drinks to deal with his crappy life. Well that explains that. Jake tries to preach the word of Communism to the mill workers in town and usually ends up in fist-fights with them after they start mocking him. Later, Jake talks to Singer again and wonders if he should go up north and join an actual Communist group. But, as it turns out, he hates all governments and groups. Jake did try to start his own social movement group once, but the members stole money from the group treasury to buy food, booze, and snazzy outfits. Jake starts laughing maniacally at this story, and Singer gets concerned that his visitor is stinkin' nuts (which he kind of is). Life continues like this for Jake until one day he sees a message written on a wall (literally). It's some graffiti talking about bringing down the powerful. Jake gets excited and writes a kind of response note on the wall, telling the author to meet him there the next day. No one shows up. Wah wah.
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