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Nash, Edith / Practice the here and now: selected writings of Edith Nash
(2001)

Nash, Edith
Homework excuse,   pp. 16-17


Page 17

  17fishing, and what they used to do years ago when he was an editor of
the Trapeze, and the first time he got drunk in Kansas City, and what a darling
boy Bumbie was, and what terrible pictures the Chicago Tribune took, and
all with the air of a college sophomore, not a man who has lived in the world
and experienced its hard knocks. Not a man who ran away from home at 17 and
who has written four best-sellers. Not a man who is the father of a boy of
5 years and another of 3 months, by different wives. He was merely a sweet,
happy kid.
 He said, "I sure would like to go back to school and see Gehlmann and Bobbitt,
and all the old Oak Parkians, but I can't bear to see Mac, so I guess I won't
go."
 I closed Kenilworth and forgot Treslian and Amy Robust and Burlam or whatever
their names are, for all my dreams had come true. He was standing before
me, grinning and talking, his hands raised for a fist fight.
 — From Edith Rosenfels, in memory of a happy evening (yesterday).
He is going away Sunday, so I shall read Kenilworth and write my report for
Monday.


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