What she says: I’m fine
What she means: Jack is “one a’ the best” of the newsies and makes up bullshit headlines daily bc “it’s nothing that the guys who write it don’t do” and he knows all about blown up advertising. but One Day! he found some pamphlet in the street advertising a utopia where everything’s perfect and “boy, the minute that you get there, folks will walk right up and say, welcome home son, welcome home to santa fe.” and he believed it. he believed the same propaganda bullshit he sold every day. and it became his only source of hope and his identity and his nickname and the way he dressed. jack kelly was That scared and lost and desperate for something to believe in.
my aestetic is when in Newsies (on broadway) Crutchie is trying to go down the ladder and slips and Jack catches him and asks, “You wanna bust your other leg too?” and Crutchie replies with, “No I wanna go down.”