Chapter 7 Summary

Chapter 7 begins with a history of the evolution of the Palace Flophouse. When Mack and the boys first moved in, they had not thought of their space as anything more than a shelter from the elements. They did not love it yet. The room as long and bare, lit only by two small windows. The unpainted walls were made of wood; the space still smelled of its former occupant: fish meal.

Mack, the unelected yet undisputed leader of the boys, knew that this collection of men must have something to call their own; some privacy, or at least personal space, must be awarded to each resident in order to maintain the peace. To that end, Mack marked out five oblong spaces on the floor with chalk. In each seven by four foot square, Mack...

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