Felipe Moore – Chapter Forty-Eight

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Felipe finds employment at Purity Factories Limited.

Bath Time

The boys were up at seven-thirty and even Jordan despite his self-depressive anxiety of the previous night, had fallen asleep immediately after returning from the bathroom and now showed no sign of fatigue. After a hearty breakfast the boys talked of going to Purity Factories but Felipe who was beginning to feel a little fuzz on his face suggested that he should probably shave before leaving. Jordan who was in a good mood this morning smiled and began looking at Felipe as if searching for facial hair. Felipe pretended to take a swipe at him and grinned although he was blushing. Back in Southern Arm most of the boys his age had been shaving for more than a year, yet Felipe had shaved only once in his life and that was the day he left home for St. John’s. He also wanted to take a bath but since he had never lived in a house with a bathtub before, he had always used a pan of water in his bedroom to wash on Saturday nights and he wasn’t sure what to do. Phyllis seemed to have read his mind and suggested that since he was going job hunting it might be best to take a bath as well and asked Jordan to show him how to draw a bath. Jordan remembered how he and his brother Mark had taken their weekly bath together until Mark entered his teens and for a minute thought that’s what his mother was suggesting and his face reddened. He soon realized that such a thought was ridiculous but was nevertheless relieved when she added, nodding in his direction, “Remember tomorrow is bath night for you”.

The Interview

It was nine-thirty when Felipe and Jordan boarded the bus that would take them to the office of Purity Factories Limited and as was often the case at that hour there were no more than a dozen passengers. Glancing around the bus Felipe guessed that there were at least four other young people, two men and two women, who like him were obviously looking for work. Arriving at the Purity Factories premises Felipe learned that the personnel manager was in a meeting and since there were two others in line before him he was certain that he had at least an hour to kill. The receptionist however politely asked him to take a seat and before Felipe could reply Jordan was motioning him to a seat in the corner of the room. When the two were seated Felipe started to say that he thought that they should leave and come back in the afternoon, but Jordan whispered that it would be best to wait. Felipe soon understood why as the room began to fill up with people evidently interested in the same position as him. Surprisingly, in less than an hour Felipe had been called into the office and was being introduced to Wilbur Murphy, the company’s personnel manager and the gentleman in charge of hiring. Mr. Murphy was soon impressed by this young from the bay who had done so well academically while coming from a one room school. After some twenty minutes Felipe was asked if he could come back in the afternoon to do an IQ test and possibly learn more about the job. Jordan was ecstatic when Felipe told him about the afternoon appointment and wanted to call his mother on the pay phone when the two stopped to pick up a hotdog and coke. Felipe reminded him that he didn’t have the job yet and quite frankly had no idea about the IQ test.

Purity Factories Limited

The cousins were back at Purity Factories at two O’clock. The receptionist smiled and buzzed Mr. Murphy who immediately came out and asked Felipe to take a chair in his office. Fifteen minutes later he had finished writing the IQ test and was waiting for the personnel manager to come back. Wilbur Murphy said nothing as he checked the answers on the test but almost immediately spoke briefly to someone on the phone and turned to smile at Felipe. “Can you start tomorrow morning” he asked as Felipe surprised by the suddenness of the question stammered as he answered in the affirmative. The salary he told him started at thirty-five dollars a week and there would be a raise in six months if he proved to be a good employee. He next took the young man to meet the office manager, a pleasant man who Felipe guessed to be about forty years old and who he introduced as Mr. Abbot. The two shook hands and after some pleasantries Felipe was told to report for work at 8 A.M. the next morning. Outside he excitedly gave the news to his cousin and the two quickly headed for the bus anxious to deliver the good word to those at home. Felipe was also eager to share his excitement with his parents and that night would write his second letter home since arriving in the city. He promised to drop them a line the following week with all the details of the job.
To Be Continued See Chapter Forty-Nine

Read from the beginning - See Chapter One

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Bath Tub, Bathtime, City Bus, City Living, Employment Opportunity, Kingwell, Newfoundland, Newfoundland And Labrador, Personnel Manager, Purity Factories, St Johns

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
5th Nov 2014 (#)

Nice story and interesting by the chapter Kingwell!

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author avatar Kingwell
5th Nov 2014 (#)

Thank you Fern

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author avatar snerfu
6th Nov 2014 (#)

Interesting story Kingwell. Keep it going.

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author avatar Kingwell
8th Nov 2014 (#)

Thank you for following and commenting. Blessings.

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author avatar tafmona
8th Nov 2014 (#)

nice post

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author avatar Kingwell
8th Nov 2014 (#)

Thank you for commenting.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
9th Nov 2014 (#)

I have been in Felipe's shoes to understand where he was - in cloud nine, thanks Kingwell for the lovely narration - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
9th Nov 2014 (#)

Siva, You have followed this story from the beginning and I hope that you will continue to the end. You are an inspiration to me. Blessings.

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