Flowers for Algernon

what happens in the restaurant?


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The new dishwasher dropped a stack of dishes and people were laughing at him. Once Charlie realized that the boy was retated, and that he'd laughed to, he became angry at both himself and the customers.

"I felt sick inside as I looked at his dull, vacuous smile-the wide, bright eyes of a child, uncertain but eager to please, and I realized what I had recognized in him. They were laughing at him because he was retarded. And at first I had been amused along with the rest.

Suddenly, I was furious at myself and all those who were smirking at him. I wanted to pick up the dishes and throw them. I wanted to smash their laughing

faces. I jumped up and shouted: "Shut upl Leave him alone! He can't understand."

He can't help what he is... but for God's sake, have some respectl He's a human



Flowers for Algernon