Song at Twilight

He was getting along beautifully until he shot that pickerel," said Mrs. Crane.

"He did what?" said Mrs. Anderson. They have been discussing a man called Ed Herlicher, whom they had both known several years before--one of those rather mysterious young men who for a little while turn up everywhere in New York, spending a good deal of money and acquiring a certain reputation either as comedians or beaux, and then vanish back into the social underbrush from which they came.

"He shot a pickerel," said Mrs. Crane. "With a doublebarrelled shotgun. It was one of those absurd stories, like the things that happen in Evelyn Waugh."

The seven people on the porch of the Cranes' oceanfront cottage looked at her hopefully, but she seemed to be overcome by the murmuring sea and the gentle evening air and leaned back with her eyes closed.

"Wake up, dear," said Mrs. Anderson. "Tell us the rest of it."

"That was all," said Mrs. Crane in an exhausted voice. "He shot this fish and that was the end of him."

"No, it wasn't," said her husband. "Not the way you told it to me before."

"Well, it was terribly silly," she said, reluctantly return-

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  • Title Page iii
  • Foreword vii
  • Contents xi
  • Parodies Regained 1
  • Time . . . Fortune . . . Life . . . Luce 3
  • Death in the Rumble Seat 20
  • Topless in Ilium 24
  • The Factory and the Attic 27
  • Glorious Calvin (a Critical Appreciation Many Years Later) 33
  • Shad Ampersand 37
  • The Education of Henry Apley 47
  • Eva's Deathbed Revisited 51
  • Shakespeare, Here's Your Hat 56
  • To a Little Girl at Christmas 62
  • On a Darkling Plain 66
  • Zulu, Watch the Snakes 71
  • Some Matters of Fact 77
  • Big Nemo 79
  • Lady of the Cats 126
  • St. George and the Dragnet 140
  • One with Nineveh 162
  • Battle's Distant Sound 174
  • Robert Benchley: in Memoriam 180
  • So-So Stories 185
  • Outwitting the Lightning 187
  • Ring Out, Wild Bells 191
  • The Secret Life of Myself 196
  • Song at Twilight 202
  • Crusoe's Footprint 211
  • The Courtship of Milton Barker 223
  • The Curious Incident of the Dogs In the Night-Time 246
  • The Crusaders 257
  • Wounds and Decorations 265
  • The Country of the Blind 267
  • O.K., Zanuck, Take It Away 275
  • The Big Boffola 285
  • The Personality Kid 291
  • Adultery Makes Dull Bedfellows 294
  • The Mantle of Comstock 297
  • Two Very Sad Young Men 301
  • At Home with the Gants 304
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