Mister Bullard shakes hands with Fred. “Fred!” he says.
“Hello, Mister Bullard!” says Fred.
“It’s good to see you again!” says Bullard.
“Good to see you!” says Fred. “Say, what happened here?”
“Well, I sold out,” says Bullard. “The Midway people have been after this location for a long time.”
Clarence, the sales manager, talks to a sales girl.
“Didn’t he used to work here?” asks the sales girl.
“Yes, he did,” says Clarence. “I’ll bet he’s back looking for a job.”
“And he’ll get it, too,” says the sales girl. “with all those ribbons on his chest.”
“Well, nobody’s job is safe with all these servicemen crowding in,” says Clarence.
“I’d like to have you meet our new manager, Mister Thorpe,” says Bullard.
“Oh ho, no, no, I don’t think so, Mister Bullard,” says Fred. “I just dropped in to say hello to you. I don’t want that old job back.”
“Yes, I know,” says Bullard, “but Midway’s a big, big outfit! You never can tell. Come on.”
Upstairs, Fred is introduced to Mister Thorpe.
“Thank you, Mister Bullard,” says Thorpe, as Fred sits down.
“I’ll see you later,” says Bullard to Fred.
Thorpe looks at the ribbons on Fred’s uniform.
“I can see you had a splendid war record, Derry,” says Thorpe.
“Just average, Mister Thorpe,” says Fred.
“But you’ll understand that, since this business changed hands, we’re under no legal obligation to give your old job back,” says Thorpe. He sniffs a sinus inhaler.
“Oh, I wasn’t thinking of getting my old job,” says Fred.