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Holly, still completely unaware that she's misunderstood his story, asks the narrator if he "happen[s] to know any nice lesbians" (3.31) since she's "looking for a roommate" (3.31). She tells him (again blissfully unconcerned with being PC) that "dykes are wonderful home-makers, they love to do all the work, you never have to bother about brooms and defrosting and sending out the laundry" (3.31). She tells him that she used to live with a lesbian and that people then thought she was gay, too. But she isn't bothered by this, and even tells the narrator that perhaps she is gay: "And of course I am. Everyone is: a bit. So what?" (3.31). So, despite using language that probably makes most of us cringe, Holly seems pretty accepting and open about sexuality.
? As the sun comes up, Holly realizes that she's late for a standing appointment at Sing Sing prison (she just gets more and more interesting, doesn't she?). It seems that she gets paid to visit Sally Tomato, a man who's in jail for alleged mafia activities. She tells the narrator, though, that she "adores" (3.43) Sally so much that she would probably go visit him without the money.
? We then get the story of how Holly came to be the paid visitor of Sally Tomato. Remember Joe Bell's bar from the first chapter? Well, Sally used to hang out in the back of Joe's bar and he apparently took a liking to Holly. When he's later sent to prison, he has his "lawyer" (Holly's pretty sure he isn't a lawyer at all since they always meet at a hamburger joint) contact Holly and the man offers to pay her one hundred dollars a week to "cheer up a lonely old man" (3.45). Holly assumes that she's being asked to do something unseemly and quickly rejects the offer since she isn't "a nurse that does tricks on the side" (3.45). Plus, she knows she can earn more just by asking her dates for money for the ladies room (who knew going to the ladies room could be such a lucrative business?). But the lawyer tells Holly that Sally has admired her for a long time, so Holly agrees because "it [is] too romantic" (3.45).
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