In Paul Zindel's book The Pigman, what reasons could you give to explain Mr.Pignati's attitude and actions toward John and Lorriane?
When John and Lorraine came to the door to collect the "charity" money, Mr. Pignati didn't seem suprised that they were two kids. He even writes a check to them!! Why?
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Mr. Pignati is a lonely old man who is desperate for friends, but he is also a good person. He may have been so desperate for company that he didn't think $10 was a huge amount to pay for it. He didn't have kids, so he also wasn't experienced with what the kids did with prank calling him and deceiving him. It is in chapter 5 that he first meets the boy and girl face to face and invites them into his home. He mentions the zoo a couple of times and even invites them to go to the zoo with him one day, thereby securing another day of company. But he doesn't want them to think that he is too desperate because rather than telling the kids that his wife is dead, he says, "I take a walk over to the zoo every day. My wife usually goes with me, but she's in California visiting my sister" (33).
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