The Assistant

The Assistant: Chapter 10

Frank now lives in the back of the store, sleeping on the couch. He tells those who ask that he’s keeping the business going for the widow. Ida allows him to stay because she’s worried she’ll starve. She lives on the twelve dollars a month rent he pays her, plus Nick’s rent, and Helen’s salary, …

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The Assistant: Chapter 7

Morris receives a handbill announcing the opening of the new Taast and Pederson grocery, with special low prices that he can’t afford to match. He notices that Frank has left without taking his fifteen dollars’ pay. Morris feels unhappy to have to lose his assistant at this critical time, but he reasons that for Helen’s …

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The Assistant: Chapter 6

Despite her doubts, Helen finds herself falling in love with Frank, but she’s still not sure if she’s ready to take a chance on him. She gives herself until summer to decide. Frank grows impatient waiting for their stolen kisses to develop into something more, and begins to pressure her for sex. She tells him …

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The Assistant: Chapter 5

Chapter 5The grocery continues to earn well, especially around the holidays. Morris attributes their good fortune to Frank, and plans to give him a raise soon. He allows Helen to keep more of her paycheck. Helen continues to see Frank at the library and respects him for spending his time there. Hearing Frank discuss all …

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The Assistant: Chapter 4

After a little more than two weeks, Morris’s head has healed. However, the idea of returning to work is depressing to him, and he has a further worry. He is convinced that the reason business has improved in his absence is simply that in this non-Jewish neighborhood, Frank is not a Jew. Perhaps his gentile …

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The Assistant: Chapter 2

Morris is in bed for a week following his injury, leaving Ida and Helen to tend the store. Ida becomes so worried and exhausted that she is forced to shut the store for one full day, upsetting Morris. Meanwhile, a mysterious stranger begins hanging about the neighborhood. The stranger, a young, dark-bearded man, tells Sam …

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