Chapter 13 Summary

When Bud announces to a room full of people at the club that Herman E. Calloway is his father, everyone becomes very quiet. The younger men in the room think this is very funny, but they are afraid to laugh.

Jimmy is the one who breaks the silence: “Hold on, now, is your name Bud?” Bud answers in the affirmative, and Jimmy makes the connection between this and the telegram that arrived the day before. However, Herman wants no part of this situation, and he scolds Bud a little:

First off, don’t be coming in here accusing folks of being your father, and second off, where is your mother?

Bud is sad that his “father” acts like he does not already know what...

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