Section 18 Summary
Henry's new job is to catalog all campaign contributions. He lists amounts, names, and as much personal information as he can gather. The list has almost 2000 donors, and Kwang memorizes details so he knows about supporters when he meets them. Some local Korean churches collect the money, sending it in large manila envelopes. Smaller amounts of ten to fifty dollars are the ones Henry tracks.
Henry works alone, late at night, in Kwang's basement. When morning dawns, Henry prints the new list. He learns that Kwang models his network after the traditional Korean concept of ggeh. Henry is familiar with it as his father used it to help finance his stores. In a ggeh, Korean businessmen put money into a general account when they can. Whenever a business member needs a loan, he pulls some out of the pool. The members build their relationships on trust and honor. Reputations in this group, Kwang tells Henry, are more important than money.
Kwang's verion of a ggeh differs because it includes non-Korean people. Henry feels his father would think Kwang crazy. Kwang explains that in his version, anyone who donates a few dollars can expect to take out a few hundred dollars in return. The more people give, the more they can ask for. Deals are established as if the members were an extended family.
Henry's routine is drastically altered. During the day, Henry helps Lelia with her students and naps before going to work late at night. The strange hours seems to be stimulating their relationship. Leila especially seems to like waking him from his nap to make love. During the day, they sometimes take long walks, similar to the journeys they took when Mitt was alive. They have even mentioned having another child.
Henry meets Jack again, who looks unwell from a recent bout with flu. Henry asks about their boss and how Hoagland has accepted Henry's upcoming resignation. Henry has continued to write reports for Hoagland, which now include the campaign donor information. Jack tells Henry that as a parting gift, Henry should submit more detailed information about Kwang's donors. Hoagland wants a list of names. He wants to know more about how much is coming in and what Kwang does with it. Jack thinks Hoagland was contacted recently by two government men who might be investigating Kwang. Jack suggests Kwang might be using Henry for some underhanded scheme.