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It was doubtful he would live through the night. Women began to curse softly under their breaths, and the men grew ill-tempered. But the young men grinned and looked everyone straight in the eye. There were meetings almost every night, behind either the Jewish or the Christian cemetery, and Zelig Shinder with a bunch A SHTETL 47 of butchers and teamsters, real slobs, began showing up at these gatherings. " And so the shtetl became known throughout the surrounding region for its powerful organization, and communications were also established with the larger towns of Sedletz and Radom.
He exchanged greetings, and joined the crowd. " "Things aren't bad. There's a lot of action. It's beginning to move," answered some of the recent arrivals with a grin. " "And how! The cafes are full. " "Sure. Lots of strikes. " Probing steadily, Yekl was able to find out everything about his beloved Warsaw. " A SHTETL 35 But in his usual manner, Itchele the bootmaker broke up the serious talk. " So the crowd obligingly pushed its way into Motl's place, past the tin sign on which a teapot, a slice of lemon in a glass, and a teaspoon had all been painted in the same shade of yellow.
The fellows ogled and shouted, the women blushed and lowered their eyes, scurrying past as if through fire. As the horseplay reached its height, Yekl the carpenter sauntered up, dressed, like the others, in his best jacket, his face still pale but head erect, and his black eyes fixed on the crowd like someone always ready for new developments. " He exchanged greetings, and joined the crowd. " "Things aren't bad. There's a lot of action. It's beginning to move," answered some of the recent arrivals with a grin.