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by Christopher Paul Curtis

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What evidence from the text supports the claim that Mr. Lewis is both a caring man and a jokester?

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In Chapter 11, Mr. Lewis displays his caring nature by offering Bud a sandwich, apple, and a red pop when he sees him walking alone at 2:30 a.m. on a road towards Owosso, Michigan. Mr. Lewis not only gives Bud food but also offers him a ride to Grand Rapids, and gives Bud his coat to keep him warm on the ride home. On the ride back to Flint, Michigan, Mr. Lewis jokes with Bud by asking him if he's ever been in the army. Mr. Lewis says, "Well, I've got to tell you, I haven't heard so many 'sirs' since I was back at Fort Gordon in Georgia training for the Big War" (Curtis 113). Bud recognizes that Mr. Lewis is only teasing him and continues to drink the red pop. Before Bud falls asleep, Mr. Lewis asks him if he can hand him a bottle of blood because he hasn't eaten all day. Bud smiles because he knows Mr. Lewis is joking about being a vampire. Mr. Lewis graciously allows him to the spend the night at his daughter's house and lets Bud eat breakfast with them. During breakfast, Mr. Lewis continually makes jokes about his daughter's cooking abilities and teases Bud about his head being shaped like a peanut. Throughout the entire meal, Mr. Lewis and his grandchildren laugh and joke.

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