We know from Tod's first encounter with Homer at the Greeners' in Chapter 6 that Homer is fascinated with Faye. This chapter describes the first meeting of Homer and the Greeners, when Harry came to his door with his silver polish routine. Homer's becoming romantically enmeshed for the second significant action of his life is dramatized at length, and the portrait of Faye and Harry is sketched in more detail than before. Harry manipulates Homer cleverly, partly by making him feel cheap, but Harry ultimately becomes the victim of his own playacting when he finds that he really is ill. Unable to handle the situation except by pretending that his real illness is feigned, Harry is trapped by his role-playing into putting himself into real danger by his clown-like exertions.
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