Chapter 20 Summary

Chapter 20 begins with the triumphant return of Mac and the boys from their frog-collecting expedition. They park the Model T back behind Lee Chong's, set it on blocks, drain the little remaining bit of gas, and take their heavy, dripping sacks of frogs back to the Palace Flophouse. Mack comes back to the grocery store alone to thank Lee for the use of his truck and to brag about their great success.

Doc is still away so Mack uses his considerable rhetorical skills to convince Lee that they need some money fronted to them for a good cause. He tells the Chinaman about the party they are planning to honor Doc. He reminds Lee how he, too, has benefited from Doc's largess, asking him to recall the time Doc gave Lee's wife...

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