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Nick, having decided to go, walks to Hirsch’s rooming-house where Andreson lives and is let in by Mrs. Bell, the caretaker of the establishment. Andreson, a former heavyweight boxer, is lying on his bed in a depressed fashion and expresses no surprise when Nick tells him about Al, Max, and their mission. Andreson appears resigned to his fate, and negates all of Nick’s suggestions that he should go to the police, skip town, or patch up whatever matter led to the contract on him in the first place. He says he is through running and that eventually he’ll leave his room.
Nick leaves him and speaks briefly with Mrs. Bell, who says Andreson has been depressed all day and that it’s a shame because he’s a nice man.
Upon returning to Henry’s, Nick reports to George that Andreson was not surprised by the news and doesn’t plan to take any action to protect himself, and they conclude that he probably double-crossed someone in Chicago; that’s the cause of the contract on him. Nick is quite depressed by the contemplation of Andreson’s fate and resolves to leave town.
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