Frank's invited to a weekend cycling trip with his schoolmates. Only problem is, he doesn't have a bike. But guess who does? Laman.
Laman says he's more than happy to let Frank borrow his bike but it'll come at a price: Frank has to empty Laman's chamber pot every morning.
Plus, he has to be at his beck and call at all times, which means cigarette and library runs.
We're starting not to like Laman one bit.
During one of his errands, the librarian tells Frank that he can't leave with the library books until it stops raining, so he stays and begins reading a book about saints.
The librarian's amazed at Frank's interest in the book and sends his mom a note telling her how wonderful Frank is and how he's sure to become a priest.
Back at school, Mr. O'Halloran teaches his students all about America. He also teaches them about the importance of knowledge.
One day, after Frank impresses him with a well-formed sentence, he asks to meet with Frank's mother.
Mr. O'Halloran tells Angela that Frank should go on with his education and that she should go see the Christian Brothers about enrolling Frank in secondary school.
The Christian Brothers take one look at Frank, tell him they don't have room for him, and slam the door.
Frank's happy that they rejected him since that means he doesn't have to stay in school.
Angela and Frank ask about a job as a messenger boy while Mr. O'Halloran is upset that his best students are forced to work as errand boys.
Meanwhile in Laman's house, things aren't getting any better and Frank hears Angela and Laman having sex.
Frank's also feeling real guilty since he's committing a sin by "interfering with himself" (13.341).
Trouble finds Frank when he forgets to empty Laman's chamber pot and a drunken Laman doesn't let Frank borrow his bike. They end up getting into a scuffle and after everyone's asleep Frank leaves for good and moves in with Uncle Pat.