"A month ago, Jurgis had all but perished of starvation upon the streets; and now suddenly, as by the gift of the magic key, he had entered into a world where money and all the good things of life came freely." chapter twenty five.
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Answered by jill d #170087
The "magic key" was the introduction into the world of "high class criminals," which Duane's friendship had afforded him.
The Jungle/ Chapter 25