Chapter 16 Summary

When Bud awakens the next morning, he finds himself beneath the covers. His clothes are stacked in a neat pile nearby, the way his Momma used to fold them. He realizes that Miss Thomas must have come by during the night, undressed him, and put him in bed. Bud dresses quickly. Drawn by the sound of laughter and talking emanating from the kitchen, he tiptoes quietly down the stairs. When he gets to the kitchen door, he overhears Miss Thomas telling Herman E. Calloway:

You have no idea how bad those orphanages can be...you'll take care of any stray dog wandering through this neighborhood, but when it comes to a child all of a sudden you have no sympathy.

Mr. Calloway replies...

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