When it was my turn to get the bedroll I looked up. Right there in the reception area, I saw Paulie. He was laughing. Next to Paulie I saw Johnny Dio, and next to Dio was Fat Andy Ruggiero. They’re all laughing at me. All of a sudden the guards who had been screaming shut up like mice. Paulie and Johnny came around the table and started hugging me. The guards acted like Paulie and Johnny were invisible. Paulie put his arm around me and walked me away from the table. „You don’t need that shit“, Fat Andy said. „We got nice towels for you.“

Nicholas Pileggi, Wiseguy