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By John Kenneth Galbraith

The richly adventurous memoirs of 1 of the main miraculous public figures to dominate the yankee scene during the last decades
 
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Then the storm passed, and there was a moment of silence before the men who had been in the drugstore started talking all at once. The man who had been holding me released my shoulder. I went out onto the darkened sidewalk. At first, I didn’t see my mother’s car. Then I did see it, fifty feet down the street where the wind had carried it. I ran to it and got in with my mother and Puver, who, through the storm, had feared more for me than for themselves. We started home, went a short way on Gallatin Pike, and were stopped by downed trees that blocked the road and downed electric wires that danced and sparked on the wet pavement.

I was alone in a room that was devoid of furniture. The walls seemed freshly painted. The floor was polished. There was nothing here to see, nothing to feel, since the ghost of the dead man had not come among us. Would he come? Would we feel his presence when we got to the room where he had committed suicide? It was easy for us to think so, easy for us to believe that the dark stain on one of the floors was the blood of the man who had taken his own life. I tried to see him lying there. I wondered if he had dropped his gun.

Years later, my mother failed in the same way Popoo had, and her symptoms were so much like his that I assumed, had he been properly diagnosed, that he, too, would have been found to have cancer of the pancreas. He had a sitter, maybe a licensed practical nurse, who stayed at his bedside at night as his death became increasingly imminent. The last few nights of his life, I slept on a couch in the sun parlor, and I was called in the depth of an early morning to stand with the sitter by his bed and watch him die.

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