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Braley, Berton (ed.) / The Wisconsin literary magazine
Vol. II, No. 5 (February 1905)

Braley, Berton
Just a common fellow,   pp. 188-190


Page 190


THz WIsCOoNmn LITERARY MAGAZINE.
Dear Father:
  They told me this morning that Maude was dead. It was
her heart, they say, and she passed away very quietly. I
didn't see her nor do I wish to. I want to remember her as
she was when I saw her last, just a little pale and languid,
but smiling up at me with love and perfect trust. I think
if a blind man should suddenly gain vision and for a few
days see and know the glory of sunshine and color and then
become blind again he would feel as I do. The sunlight has
been shut off somehow. I don't see just what I have ever
done that this should come. I've tried to be straight and
honest and this doesn't seem quite fair.
  The Senator took my plans and some of my other work
has done well, but I'm very tired of it all. I think maybe a
little rest will make me feel more like work again. The
building is almost empty and I hear the janitor going through
the halls, there's a dull clang to his feet on the tiles.
Dad, I'm tired and sick, and there isn't much place for
me here. I'm coming home.
                                  Your loving son,
                                                PHIL.
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