Step by careful step the story takes you into the lives and minds of honest, loving people steadily being destroyed by corporate greed and discovering the real destruction of big business. It's not an easy read, but if you make the effort you are rewarded by deep insights and the the consolation of real warmth and humanity in a cold world.
The potter stopped the van, wound down the windows on both sides and waited for someone to come and rob him. It is not uncommon for certain states of despair, certain of life's blows to force their victim into frantic decisions like this, if not worse ones. There comes a point when the confused or the abused person hears a voice saying in his head, Oh well, might as well be hanged for a sheep as a lamb, and, depending on the particular situation in which he finds himself and the place where the situation finds him, he either spends his last bit of money on a lottery ticket, or places on the gaming table the watch he inherited from his father and the silver cigarette case that was a gift from his mother, or bets everything he has on red even though he knows that red has come up five time in a row, or he climbs alone out of the trenches and runs with his bayonet fixed toward the enemy's machine guns, or he stops this van, winds down the windows, opens the doors and waits for the people from the shanty-town to attach with their customary clubs, their usual knives and anything else they deem appropriate to the occassion.