Chapter 6 Summary

Alfred grins as he bounds up the stairs to Donatelli’s Gym. It looks much different than last night, as half-naked men and boys are “jumping and twisting and jerking around,” and the sounds of work are everywhere. Several things are familiar; he sees one boy punching the gray bag and another punching the peanut bag. Two Puerto Ricans are jabbing in front of the mirror, and two fighters are dancing and ducking in the ring.

A sign says the cost for amateurs to train is two dollars a week; the weekly fee for professionals is five dollars. Both are payable in advance. Alfred has two dollars in his wallet, but there is no one around to take it. He sees neither Henry nor Donatelli and considers leaving, but he knows he...

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