Television serves as another means of escape for Alfred

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Television serves as another means of escape for Alfred. On television, Alfred sees more of the  fantasy world beyond Harlem: a speeding stagecoach, shooting Indians, "Uncle Harry" on a  children's show greeting the "Kiddie Klubbers." The people on television are almost always white,  and they live in a world foreign to Alfred. In Chapter 2, he watches a white family whose mother is  pretty and slim and whose husband is tall and handsome. Their kitchen is shiny and as big as Aunt  Pearl's entire apartment. The dog, Gus, can romp across a huge lawn under trees. Little Billy, their  son, secretly builds a robot in the garage. At seventeen, Alfred is skeptical about the accuracy of the  depiction, but he wonders if some people really do live that way.
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