After ten years of a symbiotic friendship between the active, expressive deaf-mute John Singer and the passive, feebleminded Spiro Antonapoulos, the latter becomes unaccountably ill, jostling strangers on the street with his huge bulk, urinating in public, stealing things. Singer can do nothing to prevent his friend from being incarcerated in an asylum. Singer starts renting a room in the Kelly house, taking his meals at the local cafe, and without really intending to do so, acquires four friends.
Mick Kelly, the twelve-year-old daughter of the landlord, quickly forms an...
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