Friday, December 10, 2010

Then I'm the sanest person you'll ever meet

Emily Dickinson's birthday. She was born in 1830.

"It is essential to the sanity of mankind," she wrote, "that each one should think the other crazy."

Cutterback’s dad was a crazy alcoholic, as Cutterback had warned him, but when, the first time Sully ever met him, the old man leveled a gun at him, he was startled nonetheless. Sully had come by Cutterback’s office to help him count inventory, and after about an hour or so the old man had shown up with a case of beer, and they’d all three been drinking while Cutterback and Sully counted and Cutterback’s father told stories. Then the old man had brought out a bottle of whiskey from his cabinet and they’d started in on that, and at a certain point Cutterback had told his dad that he was in the way and holding things up. The old man had pulled out a pistol and started waving it around, and Sully had laughed at the sight of him, and it was then that he’d pointed the gun straight at Sully’s nose.  --  Chapter 25, The Misforgotten.

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