When kids played catch they let Charlie plays in the middle and he tries to get the ball before one of them get it, and Charlie had to go into the middle. When Harriet passed by, the boys stop playing and looking at her. All boys love Harriet. She never teased him like the other kids, and Charlie did tricks for her.
it's Valentine's Day, Charlie decided to give Harriet his locket that heart-shaped like the valentines in the store windows, the night he took tissue paper from his mother's drawer, it took him a long time to warp and tie it with a piece of red ribbon.
I'm gonna give Harriet a valentime, too
Charlie took the locket to Hymie Roth the next day during the lunch period in school and asked him to write on the paper for him. Hymie printed very carefully in large letters on the paper, and laughing all the time.
Boy, this will knock her eyes out. Wait'll she see this.
Dear Harriet,m I think you are the most prettiest girl in the whole world. I like you very much and I love you. I want you to be my valentime. Your friend, Charlie Gorden
Charlie wanted to give Harriet that locket, so he followed her home form school and waits unitil she went into her house. He sneaks into the hall and hang the package on the inside of the doorknob. He rung The rung the bell twice and ran across the street to hide behind the tree.
The next day Charlie ran all the way to school, but when Harriet comes in she doesn't even look at him. She wasn't wearing the locket and she looked sore. Charlie did all kind of things but Harriet didn't look at him even once. When Charlie came over to ask her she pushed past him without saying a word.
You little bastard, did you write this dirty note to my sister?
Fight! Fight! They're beating up Charlie!
You keep away from my sister, you degenerate. You don't belong in this school anyway.
In the schoolyard her two big brothers were waiting for Charlie, they started to hurt him, they pushed him in the nose, they knocked him on the ground and kicked him in the side. After They went away he sat on the sidewalk and cried. The kids just laugh at him.