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Damon Runyon on the Great Depression

From the opening of the short story, “The Snatching of Bookie Bob.”

Now, it comes on the spring of 1931, after a long hard winter, and times are very tough indeed, what with the stock market going all to pieces, and banks busting right and left, and the law getting very nasty about this and that, and one thing and another, and many citizens of this town are compelled to do the best they can.

There is very little scratch anywhere and along Broadway many citizens are wearing their last year’s clothes and have practically nothing to bet on the races or anything else, and it is a condition that will touch anybody’s heart.

I suppose folks should let me know if they have had enough Runyon yet, although I do not think that they have.

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