Why did John become interested in Mr. Pignati in The Pigman?

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Readers can begin finding this information at the end of Chapter 3. John and Lorraine are telling readers about their prank phone calls and some of the games that they try to play with the people that pick up the phone. One of the games is to try and keep the person on the other end of the line talking as long as possible. In Chapter 4, Lorraine calls Mr. Pignati. She is able to keep him on the phone for a long time, and she even convinces him that she is collecting money for a charity. Mr. Pignati agrees to donate money to the "L and J Fund," and John and Lorraine agree to pick up the money the next day. Mr. Pignati begins winning over their hearts and minds from that point, and the relationship becomes quite a loving and deep relationship between the three people. The relationship is especially beneficial for John and Lorraine because they have no stable adults in their lives.

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They were making crank phone calls and called Mr. Pignati. They said they were collecting money for a charity. They go to Mr. Pignati's house to collect the money. This is the start of how they get to know him. Eventually they become close friends, sort of, but really it is Mr. Pignati that is willing to become like a father figure for the two. Their parents are unavailable and so they don't really have any guidance in their lives. They really like him because he gives them his time, unlike their parents who either do not have time, in the case of Lorraine's mother who has no husband, or who are mostly interested in making money like in John's case. His father is a stockbroker.

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Why does John immediately like Mr. Pignati in The Pigman?

When John and Lorraine first call Mr. Pignati, he seems excited at the simple notion that Pignati is gullible and could easily be taken for a ride. So he does not necessarily like Mr. Pignati himself, but only the possibilities he presents.

When they visit Mr. Pignati to collect the $10 he had promised to donate to their made-up charity, John loves the big goofy smile Mr. Pignati is wearing. He relates the "crazy" smile to a drunken Santa Claus. He and Lorraine both think he is "too nice to be for real" and although later he considers that Mr. Pignati might be a psychotic killer, that smile on his face is what immediately makes John like him.

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