"I took a special interest in you, such a pretty girl, and found out all about you—like I know your parents and sister are gone somewheres and I know where and how long they're going to be gone, and I know who you were with last night, and your best girl friend's name is Betty. Right?"
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He sure is smooth.
He had not moved yet but stood still leaning back against the side of his jalopy.
He spoke in a simple lilting voice, exactly as if he were reciting the words to a song. His smile assured her that everything was fine.
"How'd you find out all that stuff?"
In the car Ellie turned up the volume on his radio and did not bother to look around at them.
"I know everybody."
"Ellie can sit in the back seat," Arnold Friend said. He indicated his friend with a casual jerk of his chin, as if Ellie did not count and she should not bother with him.
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With her family away at a barbecue, Connie felt flattered by all the attention and intrigued by his lilting cadence.
"Listen: Betty Schultz and Tony Fitch and Jimmy Pettinger and Nancy Pettinger," he said in a chant. "Raymond Stanley and Bob Hutter—" "Do you know all those kids?"