Outside it was getting dark. The streetlight came on outside the window. The two men at the counter read the menu. From the other end of the counter Nick Adams watched them. He had been talking to George when they came in. (5)
"Hey, bright boy," Max said to Nick. "You go around on the other side of the counter with your boy friend."
"What’s the idea?" Nick asked. (57-8)
"No," said Max. "It ain’t that. Bright boy is nice. He’s a nice boy. I like him." (122)