from the Collection «The Trimmed Lamp»
Ikey Snigglefritz, a tailor's apprentice, worked long hours in a sweatshop. One day, after receiving his meager wages, he decided to spend it all on a night out. He went to a popular café where he met Billy McMahan, a powerful district leader. Ikey was in awe of Billy and impulsively invited him and his friends for a drink.
They all accepted, and Ikey spent all his money on the expensive wine. When he returned home, his family was furious with him for wasting his wages, but Ikey was ecstatic because he had shaken hands with Billy McMahan.
Have a drink with me, Billy, you and your friends?
Billy McMahan, despite his success and power, felt unfulfilled. He longed to be part of the elite society and one day, he boldly approached Cortlandt Van Duyckink, a wealthy and influential man, at a fancy restaurant. Billy introduced himself and offered to help with Van Duyckink's plans to improve the lives of the poor in his district. Van Duyckink accepted his offer and they shook hands. Billy was overjoyed, feeling that he had finally made a connection with the upper class.
It pleases me to have become acquainted with you.
Cortlandt Van Duyckink, accompanied by his friend Constance Schuyler, drove through the impoverished streets in his luxurious car, discussing his plans to help the poor. He stopped in front of a dilapidated building and met Ikey Snigglefritz, who was leaving the building. Van Duyckink, moved by the young man's unfortunate circumstances, shook his hand and promised to help him and others like him.
I want to know you people. I am going to help you as much as I can. We shall be friends.
As he drove away, Van Duyckink felt a sense of happiness and fulfillment, having made a connection with someone from the lower class.