Tar: A Midwest Childhood

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CHAPTER V

IN the tenement districts of American cities, among the poor in small towns, strange things to be seen by a boy. Most of the houses in small Middle-Western towns are without dignity. They are cheaply made, thrown together. The walls are thin. Everything was done in a hurry. What goes on in one room is known to the child who is ill in the next room. Well, he knows nothing. What he feels is another matter. He cannot tell what he feels.

At times Tar resented his father as he resented the fact of younger children. While he was still weak with illness, that time after the drunken episode, his mother was pregnant. He did not know the word, did not know definitely that another child was coming. Still he did know.

Sometimes, on warm clear days, he sat in a rocking-chair on the front porch. At night he lay on a cot in a room next to the father and mother's room, downstairs. John, Margaret and Robert were asleep upstairs. The baby lay in

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  • Title Page iii
  • Foreword ix
  • Part I 1
  • Chapter I 3
  • Chapter II 31
  • Chapter III 71
  • Chapter IV 91
  • Chapter V 107
  • Part Two 125
  • Chapter VI 127
  • Chapter VII 148
  • Chapter VIII 157
  • Chapter IX 166
  • Chapter X 170
  • Chapter XI 176
  • Part III 197
  • Chapter XII 199
  • Chapter XIII 223
  • Part IV 237
  • Chapter XIV 239
  • Chapter XV 254
  • Part V 269
  • Chapter XVI 271
  • Chapter XVII 285
  • Chapter XVIII 298
  • Chapter XIX 313
  • Chapter XX 320
  • Chapter XXI 326
  • Chapter XXII 342
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