"He has a real good nature," Mrs. Rouse said. "He always gets up in the morning singing. Of course, if he doesn't like something, he's right there to tell you. He was a very good boy, the quietest of the boys. I always thought Roger and Doug were the best natured."
"I used to be," Roger said. "Life is getting more complex."
"He used to try to avoid responsibility," Don said. "But he's found he's getting farther into it. Roger used to be the quietest. Now he's a talkative character. He's very sociable. He can't get away from a conversation. Why, the other day he was talking to someone in the supermarket for five hours."
"I'm shylike," Roger said. "A nice, quiet boy."
"Moody," Don said.
"Nice, quiet," Roger said.
"Other than that he's all right," Jimmy said.
"He's a good kid when he sleeps," said Chappie, who then showed us how his bicep was like Popeye's.
"Have you told him how you used to show your chest for a nickel?" Don said. "There used to be a streetcar that went to town and cost a nickel, and Roger would go up to people and offer to show them his chest for a nickel. I used to egg him on. 'Rog,' I'd tell him, 'go show them your chest.' "
"I was a Boy Scout for a month," Roger said. "We had to bring magpies in—or their eggs? I was nominated for student-body president. I said I didn't want it. I told the principal I hope I don't win it. Jeez, I don't want the thing. I don't care about that stuff. But I was elected. I went to the meetings and sat there like a boob. When the yearbook came out, they had the runner-up in there as student-body president. That wasn't right."