No one at Reardan knows that I am poor and I don't want her to find out.
I am doomed.
I got you covered.
When Junior went to the Winter Formal with Penelope, he felt anxious because he didn't have a lot of money and he had to wear one of his dad's old suits.
Are you poor?
Junior felt doomed because he only had 5 bucks and didn't have enough money to buy food. He ordered a lot of food for him and Penelope even though he knew he wouldn't be able to pay for any of it.
They call me an apple because they think I'm red on the outside and white in the inside.
After Junior felt sick with worry and went to the bathroom, Roger gave him forty dollars to cover his and Penelope's food which solved his problem.
When Penelope asked him if he was poor, he realized that he couldn't lie to her anymore. Roger also learned the truth after driving him home. Junior realized that if he let people into his life a little bit, they could be pretty amazing.
Gordy explained that life is a constant struggle between being an individual and being a member of the community. People with skills that would help protect, feed, shelter, or add more members were accepted in communities, but weird people like Junior and Gordy were not accepted.
Since Mary was still looking for a job because of her lack of experience, she started to write her life story. She moved into a mobile trailer home.