The Hairy Ape

by

Eugene O’Neill

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Yank Character Analysis

The protagonist of the play, a stoker who works on a large ocean liner. Shoveling coal day in and day out in the excruciating heat of the engine room has made Yank into a strong man who resembles a Neanderthal, with a low brow and “small, fierce, resentful eyes.” Yank is uneducated and devoted to his identity as an able-bodied worker. In fact, he’s so committed to his life in the stokehole that he refuses to pay attention to the fact that his employers are exploiting his labor by paying him low wages. When Long and Paddy, two of his coworkers, try to point this out to him, he accuses them of not “belong[ing]” in the stokehole anymore, claiming that they’ve gone weak. However, when Mildred—the daughter of a steel tycoon who owns the ocean liner—visits the stokehole and calls Yank a “filthy beast,” he is so angry that his dedication to his identity as a competent worker isn’t enough to keep his frustration at bay. As such, he leaves the ocean liner and tries to find Mildred again so that he can take his revenge. However, this only takes him away from the only place where he was truly accepted, and so he finds himself feeling like he doesn’t “belong” anywhere. What’s worse, he’s too unintelligent to navigate his way through the world, so he misunderstands what’s happening around him, often violently lashing out because he thinks people are trying to harm him. Before long, he makes his way to the zoo, resigning himself to the idea that he is a “hairy ape”—an idea that Paddy originally suggested because of the way Mildred looked at him. Even so, there’s no changing the fact that he isn’t an ape. Unsurprisingly, then, a gorilla kills him when he—stupidly—lets it out of its cage.

Yank Quotes in The Hairy Ape

The The Hairy Ape quotes below are all either spoken by Yank or refer to Yank. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage edition of The Hairy Ape published in 1995.
Scene One Quotes

The room is crowded with men, shouting, cursing, laughing, signing—a confused, inchoate uproar swelling into a sort of unity, a meaning—the bewildered, furious, baffled defiance of a beast in a cage. […]

The treatment of this scene, or of any other scene in the play, should by no means be naturalistic. The effect sought after is a cramped space in the bowels of a ship, imprisoned by white steel. The lines of bunks, the uprights supporting them, cross each other like the steel framework of a cage. The ceiling crushes down upon the men’s heads. They cannot stand upright. This accentuates the natural stooping posture which shoveling coal and the resultant over-development of back and shoulder muscles have given them. The men themselves should resemble those pictures in which the appearance of Neanderthal Man is guessed at. All are hairy-chested, with long arms of tremendous power, and low, receding brows above their small, fierce, resentful eyes.

Related Characters: Yank, Paddy, Long
Page Number: 141
Explanation and Analysis:

Dis is home, see? What d’yuh want wit home? (proudly) I runned away from mine when I was a kid. On’y too glad to beat it, dat was me. Home was lickings for me, dat’s all. But yuh can bet your shoit no one ain’t never licked me since! Wanter try it, any of youse? Huh! I guess not.

Related Characters: Yank (speaker)
Page Number: 146
Explanation and Analysis:

This is ’ell. We lives in ’ell,—Comrades—and right enough we’ll die in it. (raging) And who’s ter blame, I arks yer? We ain’t. We wasn’t born this rotten way. All men is born free and ekal. That’s in the bleedin’ Bible, maties. But what d’they care for the Bible—them lazy, bloated swine what travels first cabin? Them’s the ones. They dragged us down ’til we’re on’y wage slaves in the bowels of a bloody ship, sweatin’, burnin’ up, eatin’ coal dust! Hit’s them’s ter blame—the damned Capitalist clarss!

Related Characters: Long (speaker), Yank
Page Number: 146
Explanation and Analysis:

Wanter know what I t’ink? Yuh ain’t no good for no one. Yuh’re de bunk. Yuh ain’t got no noive, get me? Yuh’re yellow, dat’s what. Yellow, dat’s you. Say! What’s dem slobs in de foist cabin got to do wit us? We’re better men dan dey are, ain’t we? Sure! One of us guys could clean up de whole mob wit one mit. Put one of ’em down here for one watch in de stokehole, what’d happen? Dey’d carry him off on a stretcher. Dem boids don’t amount to nothin’. Dey’re just baggage. Who makes dis old tub run? Ain’t it us guys? Well den, we belong, don’t we? We belong and dey don’t. Dat’s all. (A loud chorus of approval. Yank goes on.) As for dis bein’ hell—aw, nuts! Yuh lost your novie, dat’s what. Dis is a man’s job, get me? It belongs. It runs dis tub. No stiffs need apply. But yuh’re a stiff, see? Yuh’re yellow, dat’s you.

Related Characters: Yank (speaker), Long
Page Number: 147
Explanation and Analysis:

Yerra, what’s the use of talking? ’Tis a dead man’s whisper. (to Yank resentfully) ’Twas them days a ship was part of the sea, and a man was part of a ship, and the sea joined all together and made it one. (scornfully) Is it one wid this you’d be, Yank—black smoke from the funnels smudging the sea, smudging the decks—the bloody engines pounding and throbbing and shaking—wid divil a sight of sun or a breath of clean air—choking our lungs wid coal dust—breaking our backs and hearts in the hell of the stokehole—feeding the bloody furnace—feeding our lives along wid the coal, I’m thinking—caged in by steel from a sight of the sky like bloody apes in the Zoo! (with a harsh laugh) Ho-ho, divil mend you! Is it to belong to that you’re wishing? Is it a flesh and blood wheel of the engines you’d be?

Related Characters: Paddy (speaker), Yank
Page Number: 149
Explanation and Analysis:

Everyting else dat makes de woild move, somep’n makes it move. It can’t move witout somep’n else, see? Den yuh get down to me. I’m at de bottom, get me! Dere ain’t nothin’ foither. I’m de end! I’m de start! I start somep’n and de woild moves! It—dat’s me!—de new dat’s moiderin’ de old! I’m de ting in coal dat makes it boin; I’m steam and oil for de engines; I’m de ting in gold dat makes it money! And I’m what makes iron into steel! Steel, dat stands for de whole ting! And I’m steel—steel—steel!

Related Characters: Yank (speaker), Paddy, Long
Page Number: 151
Explanation and Analysis:

PADDY—(begins to sing the “Miller of Dee” with enormous good nature)

“I care for nobody, no, not I,
And nobody cares for me.”

YANK—(good-natured himself in a flash, interrupts Paddy with a slap on the bare back like a report) Dat’s de stuff! Now yuh’re gettin’ wise to somep’n. Care for nobody, dat’s de dope! To hell wit ’em all! And nix on nobody else carin’. I kin care for myself, get me! (Eight bells sound, muffled, vibrating through the steel walls as if some enormous brazen gong were imbedded in the heart of the ship. […].)

Related Characters: Paddy (speaker), Yank
Page Number: 152
Explanation and Analysis:
Scene Three Quotes

There is a tumult of noise—the brazen clang of the furnace doors as they are flung open or slammed shut, the grating, teeth-gritting grind of steel against steel, of crunching coal. This clash of sounds stuns one’s ears with its rending dissonance. But there is order in it, rhythm, a mechanical regulated recurrence, a tempo. And rising above all, making the air hum with the quiver of liberated energy, the roar of leaping flames in the furnaces, the monotonous throbbing beat of the engines.

Related Characters: Yank
Page Number: 160
Explanation and Analysis:

He whirls defensively with a snarling, murderous growl, crouching to spring, his lips drawn back over his teeth, his small eyes gleaming ferociously. He sees Mildred, like a white apparition in the full light from the open furnace doors. He glares into her eyes, turned to stone. As for her, during his speech she has listened, paralyzed with horror, terror, her whole personality crushed, beaten in, collapsed, by the terrific impact of this unknown, abysmal brutality, naked and shameless. As she looks at his gorilla face, as his eyes bore into hers, she utters a low, choking cry and shrinks away from him, putting both hands up before her eyes to shut out the sight of his face, to protect her own. This startles Yank to a reaction. His mouth falls open, his eyes grow bewildered.

Related Characters: Yank, Mildred Douglas
Related Symbols: Mildred’s White Dress
Page Number: 163
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Scene Four Quotes

Hinsultin’ us, the bloody cow! And them bloody engineers! What right ’as they got to be exhibitin’ us ’s if we was bleedin’ monkeys in a menagerie? Did we sign for hinsults to our dignity as ’onest workers? Is that in the ship’s articles? You kin bloody well bet it ain’t! But I knows why they done it. I arsked a deck steward ’o she was and ’e told me. ’Er old man’s a bleedin’ millionaire, a bloody Capitalist! ’E’s got enuf bloody gold to sink this bleedin’ ship! ’E makes arf the bloody steel in the world! ’E owns this bloody boat! And you and me, Comrades, we’re ’is slaves! And the skipper and mates and engineers, they’re ’is slaves! And she’s ’is bloody daughter and we’re all ’er slaves, too! And she gives ’er orders as ’ow she wants to see the bloody animals below decks and down they takes ’er!

Related Characters: Long (speaker), Yank, Mildred Douglas
Page Number: 167
Explanation and Analysis:

And there she was standing behind us, and the Second pointing at us like a man you’d hear in a circus would be saying: In this cage is a queerer kind of baboon than ever you’d find in darkest Africy. We roast them in their own sweat—and be damned if you won’t hear some of thim saying they like it! (He glances scornfully at Yank.)

[…]

’Twas love at first sight, divil a doubt of it! If you’d seen the endearin’ look on her pale mug when she shriveled away with her hands over her eyes to shut out the sight of him! Sure, ’twas as if she’d seen a great hairy ape escaped from the Zoo!

Related Characters: Paddy (speaker), Yank, Mildred Douglas, Second Engineer
Page Number: 168
Explanation and Analysis:
Scene Five Quotes

Here the adornments of extreme wealth are tantalizingly displayed. The jeweler’s window is gaudy with glittering diamonds, emeralds, rubies, pearls, etc., fashioned in ornate tiaras, crowns, necklaces, collars, etc. From each piece hangs an enormous tag from which a dollar sign and numerals in intermittent electric lights wink out the incredible prices. The same in the furrier’s. Rich furs of all varieties hang there bathed in a downpour of artificial light. The general effect is of a background of magnificence cheapened and made grotesque by commercialism, a background in tawdry disharmony with the clear light and sunshine on the street itself.

Related Characters: Yank, Long
Page Number: 173
Explanation and Analysis:

LONG—(as disgusted as he dares to be) Ain’t that why I brought yer up ’ere—to show yer? Yer been actin’ an’ talkin’ ’s if it was all a bleedin’ personal matter between yer and that bloody cow. I wants to convince yer she was on’y a representative of ’er clarss. I wants to awaken yer bloody clarss consciousness. Then yer’ll see it’s ’er clarss yer’ve got to fight, not ’er alone. There’s a ’ole mob of ’em like ’er, Gawd blind ’em!

YANK—(spitting on his hands—belligerently) De more de merrier when I gits started. Bring on de gang!

Related Characters: Long (speaker), Yank, Mildred Douglas
Page Number: 175
Explanation and Analysis:

LONG—(excitedly) Church is out. ’Ere they come, the bleedin’ swine. (after a glance at Yank’s face—uneasily) Easy goes, Comrade. Keep yer bloomin’ temper. Remember force defeats itself. It ain’t our weapon. We must impress our demands through peaceful means—the votes of the on-marching proletarians of the bloody world!

YANK—(with abysmal contempt) Votes, hell! Votes is a joke, see. Votes for women! Let dem do it!

Related Characters: Yank, Long
Page Number: 176
Explanation and Analysis:

Many police whistles shrill out on the instant and a whole platoon of policemen rush in on Yank from all sides. He tries to fight but is clubbed to the pavement and fallen upon. The crowd at the window have not moved or noticed this disturbance. The clanging gong of the patrol wagon approaches with a clamoring din.

Related Characters: Yank
Page Number: 180
Explanation and Analysis:
Scene Six Quotes

“They plot with fire in one hand and dynamite in the other. They stop not before murder to gain their ends, nor at the outraging of defenseless womanhood. They would tear down society, put the lowest scum in the seats of the mighty, turn Almighty God’s revealed plan for the world topsy-turvy, and make of our sweet and lovely civilization a shambles, a desolation where man, God’s masterpiece, would soon degenerate back to the ape!”

Related Characters: Yank, The Prisoner
Page Number: 186
Explanation and Analysis:
Scene Seven Quotes

SECRETARY—President of the Steel Trust, you mean? Do you want to assassinate him?

YANK—Naw, dat don’t get yuh nothin’. I mean blow up de factory, de woiks, where he makes de steel. Dat’s what I’m after—to blow up de steel, knock all de steel in de woild up to de moon. Dat’ll fix tings! (eagerly, with a touch of bravado) I’ll do it by me lonesome! I’ll show yuh! Tell me where his woiks is, how to git there, all de dope. Gimme de stuff, de old butter—and watch me do de rest! Watch de smoke and see it move! I don’t give a damn if dey nab me—long as it’s done! I’ll soive life for it—and give ’em de laugh! (half to himself) And I’ll write her a letter and tell her de hairy ape done it. Dat’ll square tings.

Related Characters: Yank, Mildred Douglas, The IWW Secretary
Page Number: 192
Explanation and Analysis:

So dem boids don’t tink I belong, neider. Aw to hell wit ’em! Dey’re in de wrong pew—de same old bull—soapboxes and Salvation Army—no guts! Cut out an hour offen de job a day and make me happy! Gimme a dollar more a day and make me happy! Gimme a dollar more a day and make me happy! Tree square a day, and cauliflowers in de front yard—ekal rights—a woman and kids—a lousy vote—and I’m all fixed for Jesus, huh? Aw, hell! What does dat get yuh? Dis ting’s in your inside, but it ain’t your belly. Feedin’ your face—sinkers and coffee—dat don’t touch it. It’s way down—at de bottom. Yuh can’t grab it, and yuh can’t stop it. It moves, and everything moves. It stops and de whole woild stops. Dat’s me now—I don’t tick, see?—I’m a busted Ingersoll, dat’s what. Steel was me, and I owned de woild. Now I ain’t steel, and de woild owns me. Aw, hell! I can’t see—it’s all dark, get me? It’s all wrong!

Related Characters: Yank (speaker)
Page Number: 193
Explanation and Analysis:
Scene Eight Quotes

On’y yuh’re lucky, see? Yuh don’t belong wit’ em and yuh know it. But me, I belong wit ’em—but I don’t, see? Dey don’t belong wit me, dat’s what. Get me? Tinkin’ is hard—(He passes one hand across his forehead with a painful gesture. The gorilla growls impatiently. Yank goes on gropingly.) It’s dis way, what I’m drivin’ at. Youse can sit and dope dream in de past, green woods, de jungle and de rest of it. Den yuh belong and dey don’t. Den yuh kin laugh at ’em, see? Yuh’re de champ of de woild. But me—I ain’t got no past to tink in, nor nothin’ dat’s comin’, on’y what’s now—and dat don’t belong. Sure, you’re de best off! Yuh a bluff at talkin’ and tinkin’—a’most git away wit it—a’most!—and dat’s where de joker comes in.

Related Characters: Yank (speaker)
Page Number: 196
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Yank Character Timeline in The Hairy Ape

The timeline below shows where the character Yank appears in The Hairy Ape. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Scene One
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...and their eyes “small, fierce,” and “resentful.” As the stokers shout and sing and grunt, Yank sits by himself. He is stronger than his coworkers, who see him as “their most... (full context)
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The stokers yell about drinking and aggressively challenge one another to fights, but Yank tells them to “Choke off dat noise,” demanding that somebody bring him a bottle of... (full context)
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...stoker launches into an old song about a loved one waiting for him at home, Yank cuts him off, telling him to shut up and criticizing him for romanticizing the idea... (full context)
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Agreeing with Yank’s idea of the ship as a home, a stoker named Long jumps up and drunkenly... (full context)
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Along with his fellow stokers, Yank tells Long to be quiet, saying that he’ll “knock” him down if he doesn’t shut... (full context)
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Having listened to Yank’s ideas about “belonging” in the stokehole, Paddy says that if they’re so important to the... (full context)
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As he speaks, Paddy sees he isn’t getting through to Yank. “’Twas them days a ship was part of the sea,” he says, “and a man... (full context)
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Paddy’s words have no effect on Yank, and so he resignedly says that he hopes a large wave will take him overboard... (full context)
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“Hell in de stokehole?” Yank asks. “Sure! It takes a man to work in hell. Hell, sure, dat’s my fav’rite... (full context)
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Yank scoffs at the idea that he and his fellow stokers are “slaves.” Instead, he maintains... (full context)
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...stay sitting in the forecastle “drinking” and “thinking” and “dreaming dreams.” On his way out, Yank turns around and says, “Tinkin’ and dreamin’, what’ll that get yuh? What’s tinkin’ got to... (full context)
Scene Three
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...the forecastle after all—complains about the difficult work, saying that he is “destroyed entirely,” but Yank chastises him for this attitude, saying that he might as well lie down and die.... (full context)
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As he shovels, Yank speaks admiringly about the power of the coal, taking pleasure in the idea that he’s... (full context)
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Mildred stands directly behind Yank, but he doesn’t see her. Even as he stoops to get a new shovelful of... (full context)
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Ready to kill the engineer he thinks is behind him, Yank is astounded to see Mildred standing there in her white dress. She appears to him... (full context)
Scene Four
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Back in the forecastle, Yank and his coworkers have just come back from dinner. Everyone except Yank has washed the... (full context)
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Slyly, Paddy suggests that he knows what’s bothering Yank. “’Tis aisy to see. He’s fallen in love, I’m telling you,” he says. Once again,... (full context)
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...liner. “And you and me, Comrades, we’re ’is slaves!” he adds. Hardly believing his ears, Yank asks if this is true, and Long confirms that it is and asks what Yank’s... (full context)
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“I’ll brain her!” Yank yells, “I’ll brain her yet, wait ’n’ see!” He then slowly walks toward Paddy and... (full context)
Scene Five
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Long takes Yank to Fifth Avenue in midtown Manhattan three weeks later. The streets are clean and empty,... (full context)
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Yank says that he used to go to church as a kid, since his parents made... (full context)
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Yank grows impatient because he doesn’t see anyone who looks like Mildred, but Long tells him... (full context)
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As Long and Yank wait for church to let out, they look into the windows of nearby storefronts and... (full context)
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Looking into the furrier’s, Yank is startled to find a monkey fur coat selling for $2,000. “It’s straight enuf,” Long... (full context)
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When church finally lets out, the streets fill with wealthy people. Sensing that Yank is about to become aggressive, Long says, “Easy goes, Comrade. Keep yer bloomin’ temper. Remember... (full context)
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After Long leaves, Yank tries to pick fights with the wealthy people, yelling that they “don’t belong.” “See dat... (full context)
Scene Six
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The following night, Yank sits in a jail cell in the position of Rodin’s “The Thinker.” His bruised face... (full context)
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After the other prisoners shout back at Yank for threatening them, one of them tells everybody to calm down and again asks Yank... (full context)
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...back at that dame, you better join the Wobblies.” By way of explanation, he tells Yank about this “gang of blokes” that he read about in the newspaper. “There’s a long... (full context)
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“Wreckers, dat’s de right dope!” Yank says. “Dat belongs! Me for dem!” Pushing on, the nearby prisoner keeps reading the article,... (full context)
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Reflecting upon what he’s just heard, Yank sits for a moment in the position of Rodin’s “The Thinker” before jumping to his... (full context)
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When Yank says the words “breakin’ out,” he lifts his feet off the ground and puts them... (full context)
Scene Seven
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A month later, Yank visits an IWW office near the New York City waterfront. In his dirty clothes, he... (full context)
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The secretary writes Yank’s name on the membership card and welcomes him to the IWW, telling him to take... (full context)
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After a tiresome back and forth about the nature of the IWW, Yank says, “Yuh wanter blow tings up, don’t yuh? Well, dat’s me! I belong!” In response,... (full context)
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Hearing Yank’s intentions, the men of the IWW grab him. Just before they throw him onto the... (full context)
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After the IWW men throw Yank out of the office, he sits in the streets and assumes the position of Rodin’s... (full context)
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Hearing Yank talk to himself, a passing police officer tells him to get out of the street.... (full context)
Scene Eight
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The next evening, Yank makes his way to the “monkey house” at the Central Park Zoo. In the foremost... (full context)
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Looking at the gorilla, Yank considers the idea that this is what Mildred imagined when she saw him in the... (full context)
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Frustrated that people like Mildred visit the zoo to gape at the gorilla, Yank hits the cage, which prompts the gorilla to shake the bars and roar alongside him.... (full context)
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Maintaining that he and the gorilla belong to the same “club,” Yank decides to let the creature out of its cage. Asking the gorilla if he wants... (full context)
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From the floor of the closed cage, Yank says, “Even him didn’t tink I belonged.” As the monkeys around him begin to screech,... (full context)