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

Nash, Edith
The dining room,   pp. 20-21


Page 21

 One time there was a doorbell ring just as we sat down to dinner. Paul was
dispatched to answer the door and to get rid of any interruptions. He came
back to the table rather crestfallen and said that whoever it was wanted
to see our mother. She stopped carving and serving, went to the door and
returned very annoyed. It had been someone selling something door to door.
Richard giggled and made a slighting remark, that I cannot remember, about
Paul's handling of the door. Paul picked up a glass of chocolate pudding
and threw it across the table at Richard. He held onto the glass, it had
a pedestal, and the solid pudding flew in an arc, sailed across the space,
and hit Richard in the face. Richard laughed very loudly and started wiping
the pudding off, eating it, and enjoying the whole comedy routine. Paul burst
into rageful tears and ran upstairs to his room and slammed the door. I can
still see the pudding flying through the air and feel Paul's pain.
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