Books [Interview with Vito Cacciola #54]
“But that is impossible, Mr. Lovett. I usa de word many times. It is in my red book.
“Sure, I will geta de dictionary. It is you who will be surpris-ed.
“Has you founda it? Let me looka. “A woman's illness at de tima of childbirth.’ Dear, dear, dear!! I maka de big mistake. I was confus-ed. Whata is de word I should saya?
“Refinement! Refinement! I will memoriza that word. Hah, hah, hah! Supposa I make such error when I talka to nice womans. It would bea terrible.
“Many girls hava not refinement today. I seea much carelessness and monkey business. Often I geta worried.
“Last week I seea Concetta Onesta making chums with de tough girl. Concetta is daughter of de friend of mine. She is pure. I thinka she is unkiss-ed.
“Oh, they walka along de street and flirta with many bums. Concetta she copies what de bad girl doa. I thinka that soon she will geta caught in de scrape.
“Why, I tella her father.
“I do not know what he doesa, but it is much. Last night I seea Concetta at her house. I saya to her, ‘I meeta your friends on de street corner. Is you not going out? Does you keepa them waiting?’
“She replya, ‘No, Vito, I must getta my lessons.’