Two young women meet in San Francico and look for a life of sophistication. They have resisted advances from cads, curs and cool cats. Now each searches for a more mature relationship. (Love, heartbreak and wisdom follow.)
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An unrequited crush on her college professor pushed Elizabeth to leave the home of her religious grandparents and move west. Liz left New Hampshire to escape cold temperatures, slush and long dark winters for the gentler clime of California. The two girls meet David, a lawyer; Jack, social worker; Lance, used-car salesman; wayne, radio sound-mixer. They meet Clark, who spent his Oklahoma childhood as a tomato-picker, but after his Army stint he opened a bar in SanFrancisco. They meet Lee, caught between gunfire in Macao, his father sent him from Hn g Kong to san Francisco for a college education.
Lee and Liz visit Chow Chan: "Do not admire anything in their house...they would have to give it to you, no matter what it was." Later Liz commented on the beautiful scene depicted on a pair of scroll calendars. Chow Chan rose. "Please allow me to give you one." He removed from the wall the first scroll. Liz looked at Lee. He turned in his chair and faced away from her. She was afraid he was very angry with her. She did not notice his shoulders trembling with laughter.
Clark Jones: Tomato gravy over grits for breakfast, mashed tomatoes with onions served over grits for supper, that was what everyone ate when they were working as pickers in the tomato fields. Throughout the day, everyone took bites off a tomato that was too bruised on one side or maybe had a worm hole. But the more you picked, the better the wages, therefore, little time was spent on analyzing the fruit before biting into one. Keep moving. Just pluck and a quick but gentle toss into your basket. Keep moving, plucking, tossing.