.... "Bank's bu'sted, has it?" said Uncle Amri, with a grim chuckle.
Ben felt that the word was very objectionable, and the chuckle could scarcely be understood to express sympathy; but there wan an expression in the keen blue eyes that looked out of Uncle Amri's weather-beaten, backed-apple-like face which emboldened Ben to proffer his request....He told Ben that if he expected to get his money back in any way from all those borrowers, he was a simpleton; and he entered upon quite a long converstation, in which Ben, leaning shamefacedly against the post of the kitchen steps, had to endure a great many uncomplimentary remarks. But at the close of his "leetle lecture," as Uncle Amri called it, he did lend to his downcast nephew the money he sought....
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