John O’Hara, “Too Young” (1939)

A sketch about a 15-year-old boy, Bud, infatuated with Kathy, 19, girlfriend to a boorish man called Martin, who calls her names, orders her around and brutalizes her just a bit. Bud is powerless. “The god-damn awful part was that there was nothing, nothing, nothing to do but what he was doing now.” Which was nothing. A slice of bitterness.

The New Yorker, September 9, 1939

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