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The Rat That Got AwayA Bronx Memoir$
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Allen Jones

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780823231027

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823231027.001.0001

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Gains and Losses

Gains and Losses

(p.44) 9 Gains and Losses
The Rat That Got Away


Mark Naison

Fordham University Press

Allen Jones's loss of faith, along with the John Souza fight, made him feel truly alone. He felt that something was missing in his life. He walked around the Projects at will now. Everybody had seen him around with Tiny Archibald, Ray Hodge, and Floyd Lane, so they knew that he was a serious ballplayer, and that carried weight in the Lester Patterson Houses. He was also shrewd enough to realize that hanging out with a crew of brothers has its drawbacks. They would always travel in a group and do shit together, and there was always a leader or a person who ran the program. Instead, Jones decided to be his own boss and to come and go as he pleased. He would hang out with everybody, laugh and party, but he maintained his independence and made his own choices and a constant battle between good and evil went on inside him.

Keywords:   Allen Jones, faith, John Souza, fight, Tiny Archibald, Ray Hodge, Floyd Lane, Lester Patterson Houses, independence

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