How would you explain this sentence?
Going with Bull’s Eye to the market, that first time, was like Mother’s first cigarette in the morning. Now every minute is a long piece of waiting, fidgeting out the minutes, pecking the desk, trying to think of something else until Saturday. Living in dread of not being asked again.
Who cares. A person could prowl the library instead, in peace for once. Find some book that’s better than noisy market. Keeping up with that big rough-elbowed dodger is worse than American football. It takes forever to get anywhere, Bull’s Eye knows every third fellow he sees, not just boys but men of all sorts. And then has to renew the acquaintance with shoulder jabs and insults while the tagalong stands watching, like a pet dog. What does it matter if he asks or not?
How would you explain this sentence of the second passage: It takes forever to get anywhere?