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Chapter 1 Francie Nolan is a poor young and smart girl who lives her littlebrother Neeley her pretty janitress mother Katie and her drunk andloving father Johnny They live in Brooklyn New York and its thesummer of 1912 on a Saturday Francie and Neeley do various activitiesthat other poor Brooklyn children do in that time such as collectingjunk to sell to the Junkie for pennies in which they use to buycheap candy Francie also shops Jew rye bread end-of-the-tongue stalebread loaves and pie for her family It is also revealed that Francie ispanicked about continuing this poor life in Brooklyn in the futureChapter 2Francie is trying to read every book in the library because she lovesbooks and dreams of owning books in the future As she sits on thefire-escape reading she watches her neighborhood do typical Saturdayafternoon activities Frank is a nice young man who drives a horse-drawnwagon owned by her dentist neighbor Boys in the neighborhood pick onthe gentle horse but Frank gets rid of them Flossie a neighbor who isman-starved asks Frank out but he says noChapter 3Francies Papa comes home before he has a waiting and singing job at abig wedding party that night While Francie irons his waiters apronJohnny talks about believing in the union growing up with his parentsfrom Ireland his want to be a real a singer but its not steady workand that is why he drinks and his love for his wife Katie Francieloves her Papa even though other people think she should be ashamedJohnny dreams of being rich in the futureChapter 4After Johnny leaves Francie goes to see Floss Gaddis who wears adifferent costume every Saturday night for a contest The costumesalways cover her right arm that she burned as a child Francie also sawFlosss brother Henny Gaddis who is unhappily dying but Francie likeshis red cheeks Even though Mrs Gaddis is loving and Flossie has acloset full of colorful costumes and prizes the family cant escape
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