a chance encounter with Gitelson, the tailor from the ship. One in particular, Max Margolis, takes David aside and tells him he is a "good-looking chap and recommends he learn to dance. A man recognizes Gitelson to be a tailor and offers him work. Start 48-Hour Free Trial to Unlock. New Vista was founded by Avi Hoffman, who played the role of the younger David Levinsky in the original production. I had only one teacher who never beat me, or any of the other boys. Working 16 hour days and saving aggressively, David hopes to save enough money to support himself so he can attend the City College of New York, which he refers to as his new "temple".
Not long after moving into the new apartment, David pronounces his love for Dora and they begin to engage in a highly passionate, yet secretive, affair of which Max is not aware. Even on dry goods and begins to work as a peddler, but only manages to pay rent and food, and makes no headway. Czar Alexander II in 1881 and anti-Jewish riots "were encouraged, even arranged, by the authorities". Some of Cahan's political idealism is showing through, but it never overwhelms the book.
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After having been reassured Dora accepts David's word as the truth, but Dora will not accept David's present for fear of being found out. On the eve of the one-year anniversary of his mother's death, he goes to the train station, and is seen off by his friends from the synagogue and Shiphrah, who gives him money and food for his journey. After he is discharged, he is taken into her home while her husband is out of town on business long-term. Levinskys egotism, his chauvinism, and his driving materialism are presented realistically, but Cahan also describes Levinskys pain and frustration as an inexperienced immigrant, unsure of the customs and mores. He is often tempted by the sight of girls entering the synagogue. She tells him he is crazy, gives him the money, wishes him luck, and leaves. Gitelson is now successful and well-dressed, while David is poor and shabbily dressed. "If I was your husband I would skin you alive." "Oh, don't tell him! It was published in 1917, and remains Cahan's best known work. Book V: I Discover America edit The year is 1885. He spends a lot of time in a music shop listening to the patrons and musicians who gather there, and he borrows a lot of nickels, dimes, and quarters, which he is entirely unable to pay back. Health to every little bone of yours." "First you swear that you'll never do it again, you heap of dung." "Strike me blind and dumb and deaf if I ever do it again.
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