“I don't remember ever seeing him look so tired. The extra guard duty shifts are killing him. It's too much work and being a prison guard is the exact wrong job for him. He's too nice. My mother would make a much better jailer than my father”( Choldenko 27)
"I don't want you to be a snitch? This isn't some schoolyard game. I almost lost my job here, Moose. Do you know what that means to us?"(Choldenko 120)
"I have to be able to depend on you. Can I count on you or not?"(Choldenko 122)
"This is the right thing to do, I tell myself. But I don't believe it. This is another one of my mother's crazy ideas."(Choldenko 28)
I open my mouth to answer but no words come out. Why did I, anyway? "Because you did," I finally spit out.
"Didn't I tell you? We're going to sell the Alcatraz laundry service to kids at school. You know, get your clothes cleaned by famous Alcatraz convicts Al Capone, Machine Gun Kelly and Roy Gardner. We'll charge five cents a shirt. No IOUs. Money will be split four ways. Jimmy and Annie will help us put the laundry through in their families' bags, so they each get a cut, plus you and I."( Choldenko 47)