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Yekl : A Tale of the New York Ghetto

By Cahan, Abraham

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Book Id: WPLBN0000225100
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Reproduction Date: 2005

Title: Yekl : A Tale of the New York Ghetto  
Author: Cahan, Abraham
Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
Collections: Classic Literature Collection
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The operatives of the cloak shop in which Jake was employed had been idle all the morning. It was after twelve o'clock and the boss had not yet returned from Broadway, whither he had betaken himself two or three hours before in quest of work. The little sweltering assemblage—for it was an oppressive day in midsummer—beguiled their suspense variously. A rabbinical-looking man of thirty, who sat with the back of his chair tilted against his sewing machine, was intent upon an English newspaper. Every little while he would remove it from his eyes—showing a dyspeptic face fringed with a thin growth of dark beard—to consult the cumbrous dictionary on his knees. Two young lads, one seated on the frame of the next machine and the other standing, were boasting to one another of their respective intimacies with the leading actors of the Jewish stage. The board of a third machine, in a corner of the same wall, supported an open copy of a socialist magazine in Yiddish, over which a cadaverous young man absorbedly swayed to and fro droning in the Talmudical intonation. A middle-aged operative, with huge red side whiskers, who was perched on the presser's table in the corner opposite, was mending his own coat. While the thick-set presser and all the three women of the shop, occupying the three machines ranged against an adjoining wall, formed an attentive audience to an impromptu lecture upon the comparative merits of Boston and New York by Jake.

Table of Contents
· 1. Jake and Yekl · 2. The New York Ghetto · 3. In the Grip of His Past · 4. The Meeting · 5. A Paterfamilias · 6. Circumstances Alter Cases · 7. Mrs. Kavarsky's Coup D'État · 8. A Housetop Idyl · 9. The Parting · 10. A Defeated Victor


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