The hunchback was already sorting them out, in his mind. once comfortably settled he began to chat with everyone, asking questions such as if a man was married, how old he was, how much his wages came to in an average week, et cetera--picking his way along inquiries which were downright intimate. Soon the group was joined by others in the town, Henry Macy, idlers who had sensed something extraordinary, women come to fetch their men who lingered on, and even one loose towhead quietly. So the premises of Miss Amelia were soon crowded, and she herself had not yet opened her office.
There is a type of person who has a quality about him that sets him apart from other and more ordinary human beings. Such a person has an instinct usually found only in small children, an instinct to establish immediate and vital contact between him and all things in the world. Certainly the hunchback was of this type. He had only been in the store half an hour before an immediate contact had been established himself and each other individual. It was though he had lived in the town for years, was a well known character.