In Chapter 11 of Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis, how does Bud’s rule affect his decisions regarding Herman E. Calloway?

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Noelle Thompson eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The rule you are referring to from Chapter 11 of Bud, Not Buddy is Bud’s rule about waking up in an unfamiliar place.  According to Bud, if you wake up and are not sure where you are, the best idea is to pretend you are still sleeping.  This rule affects Bud’s decisions about Calloway because Bud follows this rule when he hears a woman’s voice calling his name in order to learn more about the man who Bud thinks is his father.  

Because Bud does not remember where he is, Bud pretends to sleep and hears Mr. Lefty Lewis and the woman talking about Herman E. Calloway.  The woman turns out to be Mrs. Sleet, Lefty Lewis’ daughter.  After discussing the poverty of Bud, the two talk about Calloway (who resides in Grand Rapids) and discuss whether or not it is possible that Herman E. Calloway is actually Bud’s father.  Unfortunately for Bud, he is not able to find out too much. 

When breakfast is ready, Bud finally decides to join in the conversation.  At this point, he is also given a pair of pants so he does not have to meet his “father” in a “pair of knickers.”  Hearing Mrs. Sleet and Lefty Lewis discuss Herman E. Calloway makes Bud even more determined to find his dad in order to figure out whether he has a family.

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