In Bud, Not Buddy, what are the most important rules that help Bud survive?

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Throughout Bud's journey to Grand Rapids to find Herman Calloway, who ends up being his grandfather, Bud lives by a set of rules he created to help him survive as a homeless orphan during the Depression. Bud mentions several rules that help him maneuver safely through life and serve as warnings to avoid precarious situations. Bud's rules also protect his emotions and help him psychologically prepare himself for certain situations.

In chapter 13, Bud is eating with Herman Calloway's band members, who caution Bud not to call Herman "Daddy" or "Poppa." Bud accidentally responds by referring to Herman as a "mean old coot," and immediately slaps his hand over his mouth. Bud then recalls Rule Number 63, which is "Never, Ever Say Something Bad About Someone You Don't Know—Especially When You're Around a Bunch of Strangers. You Never Can Tell Who Might Be Kin to That Person or Who Might Be a Lip-Flapping, Big-Mouth Spy" (Curtis, 98). This rule allows Bud to avoid precarious situations with...

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