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Co.r5()J1I McCuJlcr:s left behind an *mp["e15i .... c: litcra.,. lega!:)' when she died at [he agE of fifty in 1'967: fiyc novels. two pIays, twenty short stcrjes, some two dozen nonfiction pieces, .I book. of children's verse, and ::I h:mdful of dlsr lnguished poems. Her most ace laimed :6ction appeared in the ~940$. McClJlI~n was taken for ~ W.u~ind whtn she published TN H~lIrI IJ ~ /..bMi'l H,.'tJ1n' (t940) at twenty-three. Set in a small Southern mill town resembhng Columbus, Georgia, where she was born Lela Carson Smith o.n Pebruery 19, J917. the novel rdl~crs the author's milieu and is. her most autobiographical tale.

Roe .... iews of McCulJ~r:5 's. subsequent boolu were mt)l:ed _ R4/«ti(JftJ i1J Ii! ~ E:)'t' (l94E), set on an :army po!'[ not unlike Fort Benning on the cutskiets of her hometown, d isappoin ted readers and reviewers .. like, who thought the characters bizarre, morbid, g"l'Q'tC5QUC. Some recognized the novel as a beautifully sculpted. .alb::~t chilling, :Owtc de for«. In [he preface to a paperback reissue in 1950+ Tennessee Williams called it iii pure and powerful work "conceived in rhar Sc-:nsr'" of tnt Awful which h the desperate black root of nc~dy:aH ugnificant modern art,"

McC IllJer'1 he rstlr WaS partial to her novella Tltt: B~llad ~f the W Cofl ('943), which most criti" ceasider c-c along with Tit. Membt:r of ,It. W<ddi.8 ([946)- her besr work, The ''''go version of Tbe MmJhn- of I"~ W~JJing starred 'uJie Harris and Edld W.Ju:rs. and launched yaung Brandon de Wilde's dramatic career. h. !!-WlCpt most of the theater :awaird:; in 1950, had :II long run on Broadway, and, alQng with the sate: of iu mo ... ie rights, mad.e [he p]ii1.ywlight finaneiiilily

H ... ter and Frankie Addams In Tit. MCftli><r of"'" Wcddiog. .now, Ala:!ikal:ind ~u(:h fia:i.QQ..d place names a!. Win[er Hill were !oy-mbolsof (:supt: [rom .oil hated e-nv ironment.

Wherca5 all of McCuUC!rs·,s. novels are set in the South, at loeasl half of Ihr short stories arc not, ahhmJ:gh her characters are often transplaated So-ulhe men for whom thc:·j r homeland remains a JIlil:mory of pain and anguish. Unlike many of the characters i.n her novels. those in her short :itorie.:s behave quite norm;aHy. They have none of ttu: physic.aJ geoeesquenes th.at m-i.!k h(:r longl:'r worb. AnOlhof:r "iOi:gnifiu.n.t d~ffe:["encl!:: is: thl!: wiilly McCuUen u'arnforrnoo rali.ty into fiction in her :short [,lIes. Readers who know ",orm:thing of h~r girlhood ill Georgia rerogni.u: usiIy the autobiographical demenu in such ch~ra..;:{ers as Mick and Fr:a"ki~, while the stif-pollraiis in her short fic:tlon arc more dnc:rly di~gulx(t

l.n SOJm: of mil: ;S~ort :!I[or·ies Mc:CuUers made hu au{obiographiu.1 l:h:u;actc_ts young boys or men. Once: out of Ibe: South and en;oymg consid.rabl. fame ,s tho young .uthor of Tbe H •• " Is II LcMly H ''"'", Ml;Cullc:r~ rr::adily acknowledged her sexual .a.mbi"..d~nce. To poel LoU1S Unlt-rmty~r sh~ said 1n 1940, O<B'Y t~ tim~ J Wl5 six J was sure tnat r W.:l!j; born <Ii m.an.+~ McCllll.ers. often fell in to\lC' w:i:th women. bu, .uch inf •• ua,ion ... ldom led to phy,ical r<i.,jon.hip' .... .!though ,he: adon::d such mc:n":!11 rompmc-r DiI'IIid Diamond, her cDu,in JordOl," Mau«~ her Chicle.non frtends EdwLn f'il:aca.;:k. and John Z::1g1u, ~)'(:hi.ottrist"iO Rowland F. Fllllj_IO\I't and Sidney [iCnberg, pLaywrkghr T<:nnil:5i~1:: Willianu> and direcwr John Huston. pr-obably the o.,ly m;an :she knc \IV i.nti.m.atdy w.a$ Rre .... ~!io McCunll:.r'i~ whoPl shof: m;aHll1:d twice. In three -of the :$horl StO:riil:5 - UJnst.:mt of the:- Hour After;' "Who Ha5 Sct:" ~hc Wind!" and "A DomMtic Dilemm.a"-hc:r h u,b...nd 0 ppc:ar, full doth.

Tht: most pr~ul~nt Iheme in M-cCuU~.n':5 short ficti.on is [~t of tc:jtdion or unrequitll!:d 'ove. Th~ tidt: (:h.a:r,;l.c.llCr in nSuc_k~r," Wrltten soon. :a.f,.er hrr gn.du.ation from high .';Chool, w .. "!; n':Jr:cttd by hi~ .adolC::5Cil:n[ oou~il1 p~[t:~ whom he idolized, Pete, in lo'Yc with Ma)'lx-Ik, dj:!j;c::o"'~ril!d bd:llll:dl'j what b«':Lme McCuHers's b.lsic (el1e"t·_ 41]£.i ~r'WJn admires you -Ii lot you dC!ipi:ic him and d0I1~1 CiIIrt -and it is the penon whQ doem't nod« )IOU th.11 you.arc::.apt lo admire,"

Another l;iIIle of unril:quit.ed JOVI::is "PaMi,'" which McCullers wrote: 'at' nineteen whi.le studying with Syl'lli<L Chatfield Bat-es. h>f"f Cl'oI!::IItivl:

independent. It al$O broadcncd and enhanced her critical reputa~ ricn and w hctted he r dl:sin:: 10 write :again fer the Ihc:a let, Se'lfth yo." bier Tit. Sq""", Root of Wondnful was produced on Broadway wi th Ann. lIut., in tho lead role of Mollie Lovejoy. Tho ploy was wundJy drubbed by rhe (r~lic:s 2nd closed aftil!!r ~ fQrty-fi v e.day run,

En 195' an, omnibus edition ofM~une:rs':5 novels and selected short stories provoked new attention and acclaim by serious critics, but C/oc~ WithoUl H""'" ([<j6lj w •.•• ltemately praised and damned ~y reviewers who. had w.aj.~ed fii"teen years for her fifth novek The book climbed to si)Ctn place on the best-seller ljst, which carried i~ fOf five months and boosted Mc.Cullen"!. populari.ty among lay readers, but not her critical repetarion. Meanwhile, her health had become $(:I impaired during the 1351 ten yean of her ljfe- (she suffered three poulYIing stroke, Wore sh e was thirt)' and was repe •• <dly hoapitdiZ«l (Of i:Urg.ery and death-threatening illnesses] that those who knew her well marveled that she W.:L5 able to complete another major work .

Yet the frail author kept On "riling daily, for life "",If depended upon her abili.ty [0 spin OUI tales in manuscript as well as in her head, 4'1 woulcn'r want to li .... e if] couldn't write," ahe told OJ friend during her bst trip to Gwrg;:II., and to Edith Sirwell she said that wri(ing was ill "search for God."

McC ullers \ fiai.-on:l.i characte rs were her dose friend.s (at time.s her dt:·r.nOfi$) and mere r~a! to her than most of the realil}lth .. ~ surrounded her, Her cousin Virgini. Storey~ who saw hc:r inrermittenrly EhrQughout her life, .s.a.id that "Cerscn loved to tak-e the truth between her tttih and run with it, a habit she never gm o .... er"

Despite her absence from the South for .lmon twenty-five years, McCuUlI:"tSo contioued to draw heil!'YH)' from her roots there. In 1949 when .a. friend expressed surprise YP'OD hearing that she WIi!$ going back to Georgia fm .a 'Visit - convinced that her li(1: there had been a source of 00 little distress c-. Mc.Cu!lers answered glibly: "l must go home ptrlooic:ilU¥ to renew my sense of horror," [ronjc-1l1y~ the So.uth Df her im:illgina[~on and memory was a]w~y$ truer than th.at conjured up by .:1ny 'ijsit, and merely ,;.:rriv'ng at the old train depot w.as enough to make he r yearn for a quick retreat, To McCulicrs a:5 she was growing up, as we 11 as [0 Mick Kell"1 in TM. HN-n. ls " Lood'1

writing te:acb~t ,I[ New York Uni"'ersiry. Although the unattractive, overweight cellisr Poldi appt';:H5 to be the rnajn character, i( i5 ene hapless lover Hans with whom Ihe reader sympathiu"$, "Sucker" and "Pokii" iii n e early examples of M;:CullC'n's pervading .hesi.s of love, expre sse d poignantlv ,ix yeal> later by the balladeer r narrator of Th. &11mJ of W Smi Cop '0 help ox pl • in M." Ameli.'. ou"ageou, 10.< for the liltlc hunchback Cousin Lymon:

Arnon mc:diocrc: pc-r'l-Cln un be ~h(: obj~r or 'i J,cwll'!' which i~ wiid~ ~xu;;;'Y;~nt~ ~nd ~~l);tiful a~ rhli!! poiiOn ILH~~ or [h~ s.wamp. A good man. mllY b.:: I:h<t: sttmullB fot a love both .... iolent iHld dll!!bued, or ill ):.Lbbcring m;ldman may b.-ing .. bou( i!l the wuJ of :!iIJffiCOm: a tr:lld-c:r ;1od !-:i.m~1; idyll. The_TefofC:~ ~he ... ~h.l"=, .:lind ~U411if)' of .. try IQ'I"~ i" de~1!!!lni.nl\!!d ~Irly by th~ lover h ims-!!I f:

h i, fc-r thi" rCoi~n lh-ill m~l 'Of u.s W"Quld u~h,-I;r tl;'¥<: di-lll b<: 11IoY-ffl., ,. Thlt J_o .... ~r (:U-Y~$ ... oy ~yib11t ,.~LuiClon w~th ~h1!! ~JlIo· ... ~d, e'll~fJ if mil n.JX!~nc~ c::m cause: him only ~n.

"W undcrk ind, +. her finl publ i.shil:d story. C:K:prc:-S~5 n:jil!ction of a ditT..::rrnt ..oTt. Ht:re the main ch:ilr,u';tcr is: rht yll1Jng pi,.anisr Franc.::'§, who teetlt:l'" bt'tween Jdoles.cence and m.at·uriljl in an un~uc;:::c5:$fuJ :!.Irugglc to play with thc pa:!l:sioJl+ !ien5i~i'Yi.ty, and tC'Coniquil: :she had onc>(' shown when ~;:jkil:n for a WuF'Ukrkir:J, Th~ pupil's. painfully .a<:quircd 5Clf-knowll:dgll: Ind:;; to her ~lllmbling fl.ght (rom the:: ma:i· t:er>s, s.UJ.diol to wh~ck sh.e knows: she will never return. Fr.ances's a.bi~'[ SII:[15C: of los! ~s ObVLOU50ly hu teachc:r's aJsc. bu. in thl::ir confwum and hurc .oe:ither will admh il.

'-'Wunderkindn i:5 .. 5ubllc mirror tmage of McCullers's I:motiondl :md ph~5kaJ b.reak ;Il r.ev~me-ep w~llh nll:!r piano ~e,jlcher Mary TuckC'r, with whom shl: worked i.!osiduous.ly for fou,r )"il:ars_ M,Cu,ile-n .a,s,pircd to- become: iii (onc-c:tl pi.an.1st 'lJnlil he'r telilcher inform(d her that the le.ss.ons would h:iliVlI: [0 nop because of hu husband's, mihu.ry [r.Jmfer. Tht dislr(:~:st-d pupil'~ ttltans of handling Ih.:: dark pronounc~mil:nt w;n. to dec1arll: (hal -sh!: Iud :;!Ilr!:ady dc:cidc:d LO gj'll~ up her mus;~C:IIJ (areer and become. wril-er inste;ad~

McCuiJers ;md her piano til!!acher Wil!!r~ r!ltral"!gll!!d foc: fifteen yeafS_ Firt.aLly, Mr$. Tu;;:kt:r wrOtc to congratu(,:IItc ncr upon th~ dram.atic succetS of The- MI:mbt:T Ofllu WeQ.{iJ"ng and to :idmit hrr OWl'! gre.u

hurt and di .. ppointmenr oyer ,heir break. McCullers explained that the rale could never have been written had it no. been for Mn. Tucker and her family. whom she would .a.lw:lY:i Ion. Thq were her "we of me," iun iilS in TAe MnnM olllt~ Wedding Frankie believes th ... he ha. discovered her new identity by f.lling in love with her brothel and h.iJ. bride: "They arc: the we of me." Ln.:ii:It:io Frankie, who i1 Ul'taiL'l tha.r the '-'rhrcc: of [hem would go into the world" and alway. be togethee, Instead, she is d .. gged screaming fr<>m the honeymoon car,

Another tale of rejection written for her creative writi.ng cI~55 at NYU is "Breath from the Sky," a story in wh.c:h a fragile young woman named Constance is about to be sent away to .a sanatorium in G~Qrgi;a {or what appears to be adv .. need ruberculosis. The: author herself suffered (rom rheumatic fever - misdiagnosed .:I.§ rubeeeu, IO~i.5 - and at fiftttn Will scm 10 AJto, Georgia (c a Iled Mountain Hdgha in the tale), 10 recuperate. Constance's unspoken fear is that .he will ne'er retu rn and that her .i bl ing. (McCullers named 'he siltll:r Mic:k, who evolved into the more ob v iousl¥ autobiographical Mi.c:k in T.k HtlfjrtlJ III' LA~/y Hu"~l will t:ootinuc their unfettered ii,.,es. ~s though she had aever existed, Implicit i5 that Coo5ull.;:e'.s mother's .appan~nr iltdiffcrc:nce is but her W:ilY of dealing with the tr.g.d~. The r ea dee may .urmilC by tho end of the ul. I~' "Breath from the Sk.y·' is the: motbc:rs story as well, :a.nd MrCuUe_f$'$ friends and relauves In Gcurgi. were" quick to recognize Constance's. mother i$ the author', own,

It i, noteworthy I~I the children in McCullers', fiction lack strong emotional tie" with their momer$. A3. her brothtr Lamar Smith 5aW it, "Sister did not Want to strip herself that bare and reveal her utter dependency upon OUt mother. She was too vulnerable. She was our mOlher's favorite child, and somehow my sister Rita and I understood. We were coevmced [hat Sister was a genius, and that our mother was too for hdping it flower," Consequendy, McCullus's fictional mothers - if they are mentioned at all - either die JU childbirth, u does Frankie's in Tk Member of 1M WrJJ;ng; an; 100 preoccupied In helping to support the family when the: f.ather cannot, as i.s Mick'.s '" The Hmn I, • /J;mc/~ HunlCr; attempt suicide, •• doc. Hugh'. in 'The Haunted Boy": or drink too much •• , doe. Emily Me.dow. in "A Domestic Dilemma." On the other hand, mo:n of the falh~n

control his drinking. Although the wife loves her husband, she is put Qffby his torrent of meaningless words and s.ar(:asm when M is dru.nk; she wonders vaguely what life mjght have been like: had she: married Phillip, their dose friend, Phillip has a!rudy left the: apartme:nt when th-c -story opens, for his chess game was aborted by his host's having passed out. McCull~n was not "married whee she wrote [hi:!! ~[ol')', but she and Ree v es were .already living together in New York while he worked spcradicall y on OIl novel, ha 'II' ing illusions of becoming ill successful writer himself

They w~r~ married in J937," few mcnchs .aitrr McCullf:f:'l presented "[IlSUIIlll of [he Hour Afier" (0- Sy~vla Chatfield Bates (or a cririque.

The unp1l!"aia'IU husband in the sm')' is :II ring!":!" for R~ es, who was

alre.dy well on hi. way [0 alcoholi,m ••• w.nty-th They were

di".or(;ed in ]94] I then remarried In [945 upon hi, reuJ.rn home from the wart an injuted and dec-orated company commander in the U.S. Army Rangers. Reeve'S was forced to retire with :a medical diubility although his wound.,. (to the wrist and hand) were not disabHng. Withoul hi, own personal cause or a job. he $OOn became hopel ... ly alcoholic. Countless embittered sepantioru 4Ind reconcili;tioos marked lh'Cir [toublcd second marriage. wh,le*, cnde:d with Rct'\'a-'s suicide: in Paris.

''In,tan, of ,he H<>ur Af.er" is McCullers', only ,"ory in which bo.h Ibe hU:'Iba.,d and w.fe. drink heavily. Th~ young wife So«S hctxJf tr.apped with her hmhand in .a 'botdt, "~k(:clcring angrily up and down Ihc cold hl.nk gl ... like minute monkey," unullhey coliopIC. ~.xbatJ.~tcd. "looking like R-c:shy spc:c~m~m ill a laboratory. Wjth nothing said between them." Despite her teacher'5o encouragement thiilll :5bc rC"l'I5C the talc, McCullen app,arcntly fOllnd thlC matenal [00 dOl(to nom;: m .attempt [0 rework it

Twenty years after she wrote ")mtant of the: Hour After" -Ihrlt'e years .aft.:! Recvc::s':s suicide:: - McCul~cn treited a similar domestic: crisi.s.n "Who Has Sten the: WindJ" Whereas Inc hu.sband in '~Jnstant of .he Hour Aflcru was twenty, the .alcoholic hw.band - a fa.i,l~d writer ~ in the later talc was forty (Rce've5's age when h~ di.ed). The mon (onlo'inclng lint: in [he siory l~ the husb3.nd·s warning, to an uger young m:m who has published one- nary in seven years, that i ·'un.iill, ODC'~s:[Ory [alIl:D(" is (nil: "most treache:rous. thing that God ea.n gi"t." On rhe Yl!:rg~ of inS2n,ry, (he husband thre;atem. (0 kill his wife,



in MtCullr::n'~ fiction .IrC treated :sympalh((iully. UtI!" Mick and Frankie's fathers, they suffer because Ihey fail to communicate with their daughters, who are vagudy aware and discomfited by OIl sense of loss but c:annot breach it.

In "The Haunted Boy," 'lInother story cf wcueded adolescence and rejecnen set in Georgi., Hugh i, haunted by the fe.r that h. will return from school one day and discover his mother ~ying in a pool of blood on the bathroom floor, just as he had before when she f.iled in a suicide aUl:mpt th:l't sent her to tnt srate mental hospital. The boy's homliry, resentment, and guilt suffered "fot rhe mother he loved the best in the world" make him turn to his friend 10M for succor, but Ichn is aloof m his needs. Hugh recognizes now that he hales /o"n. for "you hote people ~ou have '0 need so bodly." The "haunted" boy's admission reflects the: ambivalence of M,Cullen'~ own feelings toward her mother, on whom she: had become inereasingly dependent a,ftcr he:r husband's suicide in 1953· "The Haunted Soy" was published five months after her mother's death ('955) and is but another versien of McCull.,,·, thesis of love.

"Correspondence" - McCullers's. .only story in the oep1swtaty form - is sull another conversion of Ii:{e into art. The taJe l'onsis'tS of four t~n~u (rom Henky E'I,/~n'l, j! naive girl who poun om her :;.d{)III"'~lI"'nf heart to a Brazilian pen pal who Reyer answers, Finally. she te.ls him ,hiilt she cannot waste any morc of her " v aluable time" writing too him~ but wann to know why he: "put his name on the ptn pal list" if he: did not intend to fulfill his pert of ~ne:' agreement. In .a([ulillh[y~ McCullen: interrupted her work on Tilt' &J/ad of 14& Sad ClJfi to write (his S[ory~ prompted by her husband's f3ilure: [0 3n:5We[' her Jeners while she: was at an artists' colony. Her realization .. t last that be had gon(' off secretly with wir best friend - that she had been excluded from their "we of JIlC" - was a decisive factor in their divorce.

The concept of the "immense ccmplexiry of love" - a phrase from her :libort 'tory "A Domestic Dilemma"-:liUTfaccs repeatedly in McCuneu'~ various writings. especially in her domestic tales that reflect m;jIfiY aspects of her life with Ree .... es M,CuUl:r:.. The earliest 510ry of domestic discord, "Instant of [h-e Hour Afrer," wrjrten at nineeeen, de piers a wretched ev~nan_g in the hf~ of a young wifl!' and husband whose m.:l.rriag~ j!§. dis:intcgrati,ng because of hi.s in:Jbi]iry [.0

[hen disappears into a blind,ng snewstcrm and ".he unmarked way ahead," Before Reev es killed himself h. had tried rcpe.atcdly to eonvinee hi~ wrf4: to commit suicide with him.

McCullers, who had tried to write "Who Ha, Seen the Wind?" as a play before turning it into the long SlOt)' that wu eventually published •• rtempted repe.a te dly to rework i[ for [he theater. Finally •• fl<r thrcc yean and considerable revision of both plot and characterization, Ihe tal. became the: ploy Tk Sq""" Roo' of W~I. in which the pTotiiIgoniit has divorced the man to whom "he: was married twice, a failed writer of one successful novel,

A third tale in which mar-ita) harmony i:s Jet on edge by alcohol i.s "A Domestic Dil.::rom.a," iu. tone king reminiscent of 14Th!: !'nstant of the: Hoor Afifo_r." Thi~ time it i:!l th~ !:h!':!'fJ-tippling housewife Emlly Meadows who pttc_ipi[a[r:.J [he: conRicl. Emily dri.l1.ks furtively and annol be umrM wi Ih the 5.OIIfc rearing of thl!'ir tWo young c.hildren. Her hU5band~ M.utin, us;umrs som~ n:sponsihiliry for m~ d.tc:mma., fo. h(: has uprOQted his wife: f.rom lhe South and mond her 10 -M unnamed suburban town on tht Hudson Ri~er (obvlowly Nya.ck., N~w York) Homesick and un.ablt: 10 adjwf 10 the "stricter, londi~r mores of ~h!: Nor~h:" Emily u2Iys (0 herself, read, tn~gaz:i.n~ :md murdll:r myne:ria~ and finds her interior tife '"inlUffident withoul lhe artifice of :dcohol." When Mar[in finds her drunk upstairs in the ~room and Iheir children uns:upeIViscd, he dreads the d~ci5l0n:ll ht: must ma.ke. F~n:aUy, after iiII d.runken sc:ene in frolu of the childten, he pUts his wift 10 bed, tll:nd~rl)' bathC$ the childrll:n, =-nd IettlC:!i them for lhe night. Relurning '0 mit: tx:droom, h~ w:illtchc:s his de:e:ping wife "ror the 10 .. tim.," and .uddenly .U .hough" of "bkme ond bl.",i,h abale~' :as "'&Or-row paralld[!i) de:sire in thil! imm~n5e (:-ornplexily of lo"e~"

"Court in thll! W ~5t Eighties;' '~The Or phanage/' "Li ke Th:a t'" "The Alien.," "Untilled Pie«" (apprentlt< tal .. published po"hu. mou51~), and such other fine stories as "The: Jockey," "Mada.rnc Zilensky and th. King of Finl.ond." "A Trcc • A Rock' A Cloud." "Art and Mr. M~honey," and 'The Soiourncr" - indeed. every 510f}' in this colle:ction mmbines notable aUlobiographical dements of (:M.taCl(,ril..iiltion and setting with artistic integrity. McCullers was. wdl mto thc wl"iting of ;'lIJumirutionJ .and Night Glare," .a long. unpublished memoir, when she !uIfcred OIl ma.nlvc: brain hemorrhage: .:md djed on Sr:ptc.mber ~. 1¢7. after fOf'ry-fi .... C' days in an irrevenibJc:

Court in the West Eighties

I,t was not until spring that l began to think about the man who lived in the room din::(;dy opposite to mine. AU during lh~ winter months the court between 1I:S w a s dark and there was :I feeling of pri v .acy ebour [he four walls of little rooms that looked out on each other. Sounds were muffled and f:H iOIWlIY 015 they alwap seem when it is cold and windows e ... erywhcrc are shut. Often it would snow and, looki.ng out, [ could see onl), the quiet white fiskes sifting down agairul the g.ray walls, the snow-edged bottles C)f milk and covered creeks cffccd pvr Ol,n on d.,-c window siU:l;.,and perhaps a ILght coming Out on the: dimness i.n a thin line: fum behind closed curtains. During .311 rhu rime J can remember seeing only a few incomplete glimpses of dU5 man li v ing across from me - his red hair thJOlIgh the fran), window glass, r.is hand reachi n g out on the sill to bring in his food, a flash I)f his. calm drowsy face as he looked DUt on the court. I paid nc more anention to him than I did to any of the other dozen Or SO people in that building. T did not sec allylhing unusual about him and had nc idea that J would come rc ~hink of him .ilS r did,

There was enough to keep me bus)' last winter wjehcut looking at things outside my window. This was; my finl year iii. university, the first rime [ had been in New Yoek. AI$O there was tr.c necessity of trying to get and keep a part time jcb in the mornings. 1 have ClIft!:n tnOlJghl that when you are an eighteen year old girl, and can't fill jl; 50 you look .an)' elder than ),OIl1 agll"', it is harder [Q- get work than at any ether lime'. M.ay~ I would say the same rbing, though! if J weft' forry. AnywiliV those morahs seem 10 «It .. now about the toughest time 1''11'(: had 10 f.at'. There was; work (Of ;Qb"hunting) in the morning,

too, it WitS then when [ saw the: man Wilh the red hair plainiy for the lint ti.me.

He: wa:s sr.a.oding just as I was, his hiillnd.!. On the wmdow :liiU, looking out The (':ady sun shone straight in his faee and I was surprised at his nearness to me .and at the clarity with which I could see him. Hi. hair, brighr in the .unlignt, como up from hi. forehead red and coarse :;u- a :spon.ge_ ] saw th:u his mouth was blunt :n the corners, his shoulders straight and muscular under his blue pajama i.d«t. Hi, evolid, d,ooped ,lightly and fo, !Ome , .. ",n thi' ga .. him a look of INi.Klom and delibe,.teru:". A, I wotc~ed him ~o ... "nt imide :l momt'nr :and ro!'!Ulrn~d with. :a CflU pl~ of pottl"'d plallts ~nd Sl"'t them. on the window:sin i.n the s;u_n. The dinanc·e ~tW~l"'n U:Io Wa:ii K1' littl. that I could plainly ... hi' ne~, blunt hand. as th.} fondled ,h. pIOlilb., GIIr-t:fuUy louching the roots and thl!: soiL HI:: wa!!o hurnmi.ng thr·« nOU~:i o,,"c'l'" and OVI::r -.a link pattc-rrt that 'Wii" rnQu: all (:;IriprC::!i~ sian Df we]}7 bejng th:an ::iI. [un-l":" Somtrhing about t.ht' man madr:- TnI:' feel thot ! could 'tand .h • .., ",ot<hing him .11 motning. Aft.,. wh;J< h. look<d up ona: mon: at <he .1. y, lOok • d«p bl'C~th ond went inside aptn.

Th~ wannc:r '( got the mor~ lhing!; ch.mget:i. All -of '11$ around the:

COurt b<:gan to pin ~c.k our curta ins to le::t the ai.r in~o our nnall rOOn".l:ii and tr.IQ ..... 1t: OUr kds dose r-o tht;: w'lldow~. Whe-.n you ~Il >«: people .lec:p •. nd d .... and <a, you get to r«:1 thai you undentand thl!:m ~ tvtn if you dQ-O ~t know their na:mil!!$, &,ides the man with tbe: rc:d hai.r thel'C: Wlttt otbc:rt. whom I began to notice- now and then.

There was [he c-elli:s[ whose room was at ~ righr :ang1t: wi:lh mine and tlK: young It;ouple living iioove her. BC!C:U1H! I wa.s at my window :lit) mu.ch I wuld not hdp hur- ~~ !lil!!:iI,dy nery[hing that happened to them. I kn~w ~hc:: ycnJ.Jlg coupk wc.n:going to h:illre:: a baby IDOn and that, al.hough .he didn't look so ",oil, they wor •• ory happy. I know ~bout the cdli,.', up' o.nd downs '00.

At nlght whoen I wasn't reading I would writl:: to this friend of ",in. b..<k home "' type out thing. that hoppen.ed to come imo my head on the ryrewriter he got me when I left for New York. (He know I would Iu... to type out ... ignmeRI! • t ",hool.) The ,hings I'd put down "'ere." of any impo.tanee- iuS! thought! ,hot it did me good '0 try to get out of my mind. Thero would be a lot of. mark. on tnc p;ope' and maybe a few ",otenee •• uch as: JQScism ~rIIi


5I:':hool all aftr:n'loo.n. smdy and readi.ng :1.1 night' - together with the D~Wn~-5 anc:! nr.angeness of this place. T-here wa$ .a quccr sort Qf hungriness, (or food and for other th~ngs too, that I could not 11:( r:id of. I was roo bu'50)' 00 make a.ny f:rit;r.dti dOWD ;u school and J had never been so much alone.

Lab" at nigh'l I would 5ii by the window and read" A fri(:"pd of mine back home would S(I(JU:Ul1l0 send rot three or four dollars to get certain books in secondhand 'book stc res bere that be can't ,ge:t in the .I1br.ary, He: would write (lJf .. JI wrlt.5- of thil1g!.-buoks lik.e "A Cr-itiquc: of Pur-e Reason," or "Tertium Organem," and authors like Mat'!( and Srrachey and Ceorge Soule. He has to ~Gly b;;ck home new and help out Ms flrmil), because his. Dad is unemployed. He M,:!I a job as -i ga[age mechanic. He could ger some sort (If office work, but a mechanic's wages ,i,·C better and, I~ing under an au.t-omob:il.¢ wath his back rc till: ground, he- has ill chance 10 lhink things oul and make plans" Before mar:ihng him the bocks I w-ould study them myself and allhough we had talked about ma.ny of the [hing.s. in them in simpler words there would sometimes be :II line or two thaf would make .a dozen things ('d half .IU;JOWIl definite and sure.

Often such sentences-as these would make me restless ;OIo:nd T'd stare out the window a long rime. h seems strange now (0 think of me sunding there alone ... nd 111.i.$ man a~l~p in hu. room on the other side and me no. knowing anything ebcut him and caring less. The court would be dark for the night. with thc mow Oil the roof of the 6n[ floor down bc-low.1ike: a soundless pit that would never awaken,

Then gradually the spring began to come. I cannot understand why I W.a5 iO unconscious of the way in ,..hkh r-hinp began to change, of the m~h:kr air and the sun that began to grow ,§llI"Ongcr and light up tbe court and .iilU the room§ around it" The thin, KJOty "gray psrches of snow disappeared and [he .sky '1'10'11.5 bright azure at noonv l noticed that l could wear my sweater instead of m~ CDRI, (hat sounds from outside were beginning to gr. 50 dll"'aJ' that tht")' botuered me when eeading, th;ilt e ... ~ry morning the sun was bright on the wall of the: opposite building. But I was busy wah the job I had and school and th-t resuessness th a a rhese bc:N;Jk~ I {ad in my ~p3rl! time made me feel, It was nut until one morning when 1 found. the hC1I.t in our bu.i!ding turned off and stood .Iook.ing out rhrcugh the open window that i realized the gl"(:8t change' that had come about. Oddly enough,

utl:P" CIJ.lrMt nUl 1m lang bn:,UU~ tJury .iJU ~lh au ~ U l~ (Mly ('lIj'/ tfl 1M wor~ Of J', iJ "Ql .nKhllMt 1M hoy ":0 If} rrK' ;n Eammnia ,M.Jd 1Ia ... iIDJ .. we., "<WPOPffl uroJn his ,wttls.. .11 winkT be«"" Iu dUht'1 1Ia .. II,,>, ''''<0<>1, or wJuu .r< liu "',"" tJuu J k<tow.o4 <fiN '''''''.'' I>tli"",? Whil< I would sit writing like this I would often see till!" man across from me and i I would be: as if he wert somehow bound up i.n what J w.as thjnking ~ rillS if he k.nr:w,mar'bor::, the.aruwers to the things dUll botbered me. He seemed so calm and sure. Whlil!!flo the t",uble w. beg.n to haoe in th. W"rt otartW I could not help but fed he wa" the onr pe.J5Qn ablll'" to :straighten i~ out.

Th~ cdLi§f.! pr~£tidng .:mnoyrd f"' .... I"'rybody, M~Lly th~ girl JIving dif«tly ;jllbovc her whe Wa:5. prl"'gnant" Th~ gir~ was v<=ry ner"VOU5 and 5CCJllcd itO tx- hOI. "J ing :ill hard rim.:. H~r f.ace wa5 mCliIgcr iI bove hu swollen body, hcr hn}'!: h,:l,nd-!. del iute as 2 s~tI"ow' 5; claws" Tht W.:iI.)I ,h~ had her hai, .kinned back tightly 10 h« heod made h« look like • child. Somt',im.. when 1M pro'tieing w.. paniculo 'ly loud sh. would lClilil down r-owa.rd (nc: cellist's _ room WLth an .e;:II:as.per:a~ed ~xpr-enion ;jmdlook i.S though :!ibe might uU Qut w hf::r tg ]tQP awhilor::_ Her h •• hand "",med a. young a. ,h. did and you rould tell they w~n: happy. Their bed WOI.S dOK to the wjndow and thr:::)' would Ofr-C-h 'it on it Turk"h f.,hion, f.cing each other, talking .nd laughIng. Once the)' w~rll:! sittin.g that way eating 5(]me or:m_gc:s :md throwing Ihe pcd~ out [he window" The wind bl t:~ a bi l of .a pa::1 inro thll: ctlh'I's room ~nd !';h~ '-C re.amed up toO [he m [0 qu.it Ii ueri.ngt'l,'eryone el .. with thei, tr •• h. Th. young man I.ughed, loud .., the ce.llin couJd hen him~ ;and the girt l,ai.d down her hilJf nni:lohcd orange:: and wouldn't l!!::It anymorr:-.

Th~ man with. me: t«I hilir "WiiI:5 thc:rc UK c'Io'cni.ng that hoilppc-llc--d" H. heard <he colli" .nd looked • long .ime at her ond ot the young rouple, H. lu.d been 'ining o. h.e often did, ot the elu.ir by the window - in h" p.o.i.m .. , rclued and doing nothiJlg .. all. (After hll":"came in frQm work he c~rely went out ~ga'n.)Thete 'III':usomtthing tontent.d and kind .I>ou, hi' face and it secm<d to me he .... nted to ,top the ten,ion be. wee n 'he ,oom,. He just loolled, .nd did not .,en go. up f,om hi. choir, bu. th.o,. i. the feeling I lu.d. Ir mok .. me re.des.s to h ... prople .<ream it each "ther and th~t night ! f.lt tifL'!!d :uld jittery fur $Om!!! r~50n_ [ put the:: M:ii.r~ book. I W:III rading down on the I..i1Ible and just looked at thi5 man iIInd imaginrd OIbout



Co/k&d J/o<ier of c.""" McCoIk.r

COlm in tk W~Jt EiglrtJ~s

f think the cellist moved in about th<; fiul of M.ay, because during the winter I don't remember hearing her practice. The sun STreamed in on he! room in the: late afternoon. shewing up ill collection or wbar looked to be: photographs tacked on [he wan Shoe wern om often and sometimes she had i certain. man in to 5('C her. Late in the day she would sit facing the court with her cello, her knees spread wide apact to straddle the instrument, her skirts purled up to the thighs so a!i not [0 strain [he scams. Her music was raw toned and lazily played. She seemed to go into a sort of coma when she worked and her face took on a cowish look. Nearly always she had stockings drying in the window (I could set chem so plainly that r could tell she sometimes Dnly washed the feet to save wear and trouble) ami 500me mornings there was a gimcrack tied on to the cord of thl!" window shade.

] f(h that this man across from moe understood the cellist and everyone else on the court a .. well. I had a feeling rhar nothing would surprise him and that hit understood more than mQ5.~ people. Maybe it was the secretive droop of his eyelids. I'm nor 5Url" what if was. f just knew rh .. t ir WJ:$ good to watch him and think about him. At night he would come in with a paper sack and carefully take his food out and cat it. Lat-er he would put on his pajamas and do exercises in his room and after that he'd usually just sit, doing nothing, until ;almost midnight. He was an exquisite housekeeper, his window sill wail. never cluttered up. HI[" would lend his plants 1I: v l:ry rncening, the sun sn.ining on his heahhily pale face. Often he earl!"fuUy watered them with a rubber bulb that looked like an tar syringe. I could never gue:ss for sure ju.s, what his job in the day time ..... as.

About the end of May there: was another change in (he court, The )loung man whose wife W,j5 pregnant began [0 quit going regularly to work. You could tell by thclr Iaces he had Ian his job. In the morning he: would 5ta)! at home later than usual, would POUt cor her milk from the: quart bottle they uill kept on the window aill and see Ihat shor drank the whole amcum before it had time to sour. Sornetimes. Jt night ~fter everyone else w a , asleep you could hear the murmuring sound of his talking. Out of a lat~ silence he would s.ay linffl Atre 50 loud that it was enough to wake aU of ioU, and then hii voiee would drop and he would stan a low, urgt"nl monologue to his. ",.re. She almost never said anything. Her face: seemed to get smaller and sometimes she would sit On the bed for hours with her [irtle mouth balf open hke a dream.ing child's.

Aft~r a while the young CQUpJI: didn't have any sort of milk bottle on their window sill and the man would stay home all dOl.y, his eye, looped with brown circles and his mouth a sharp :str.aight line. You could h •• r him talking in bed ev ory nigh. - beginning with hi. loud /U~ kn. Out of all the court the: eel list was the only one who didn't show in some httle geseure that she {-cit the: attain.

Her room was directly below theirs so she: p.robahly had never seen their f .. ces. She practiced less than usual now and went cut more. This friend of hers that I rnentiened was in her place almost ~ v ery nigh t, H. w.s dapper like a little c.t - small, with. round oily face and larg< almond shaped eye •. Sometime. 'he whole court would hoar them quarreling and afrer a while he would u.ually go ou •. One night she brought home: One of d .. ose bakoon-mcn dlC)~ K:1I along Broadway e--a long balloon for the body and a round ,m.1I one for tnt: head, painted with :J grinning mouth. h was :I briUi.:mt green, the crll':~ pa~r leg1 were pink and the big cardboard fttr black. She fastened [he thing to [he cord of the' shade where it dangled, rurning sJowly and shambling irs: p:lpcr legs whenever a bn:t:u GlIDe-.

By 'he end of June J f.lt J <ould nor have .t.yed in .he coun much longer. (f it had not been for the rnan with rl!!d hair I would have mOiled. ( would ha'll'c mo ... ed before the nigh( when e·verything came fin.lly to a show down. J couldn'. study, couldn't keep my mind on :mything.

Th.ere "' •• one hot nigh, I 10.11 r.member. Tile celli" and her friend had their ligh. tu",ed on and 50 did tho young coupl •. The m:iI1l across from me sat Iex>king out on thr court in his £l:lj:amas. He had :a bonJt by his chair a,nd would draw it up (0 his mouth occa'ionaLly. Hi. r.et were propped on .he window sill and! could see his bare crook.d toe •. When h. had drunk a good de.1 h. began blkin,g to himself f couldn't hear th.e words, thq wl!:re mtr'gcd logcthcr into one low ri!loing and f;;!!lling joCund. r had.il feeiillg, though, that h~ mi.ght be taUd.llg aoout th.c people in the: ~ou.rt because he would gaze around at .. II the window:s between 5;wallow$. Jt was a queer f.eling -like what he was .. ying might .traighten thing. out for 011 of us if we <Quid "nly catch .he word •. But no motter how hud J listoned ( couldn·. und.mand any of i •. J just looked .t hi. nrong thtoa~ and .. t h.is calm face: that (yc:n when he: Wa$ 6ght d1d not lox il:5 c:IIpre"ion of hidden wisdom. Nothing happened, I nevcr kn.ew what he was saying. There: was ju~t that feehng th_t if hi~ voice:


CoJi«w/ SIOneS of ClmmJ Mr:CuilnJ

The university term ended but I stayed on in the city because I had thi~ five hDUT job and wanted 10 attend summer school. Not going ro classes I saw (\lC'.R fewer people than before and stayed closer to home. ] had plenty of rime to rc a Iize what it meant when the young man started coming in with a: pint (IIf milk instead of a quart, when finally one day the borde he b.rought home wa:;; only one of lfit: half pint size.

It is hard to tell how you fed when you watch someone go hungry.

You see their room was ncr more than a few yards from mint' and I couldn't quil thinking about them, At 6($.t I wouldn't believe what I saw. This is nOI a tenement house fat down on the: Ean side. I would: tdl myself We are living in :it fairly good. fairly avc:ragr part of town - in [he wen eighties. True our court is Smin. OUr rOOmS just big enough for ;3 bed, a dresser .Ad a taMe, and we ire almost" a5 dose a s tenement people. BtU from the street these buildings look 6ne~ in both entrances there is a litde lobby with something like marble on the Roof', an elevator to SgV~ us walking up our six or eight or ten Aighu of sta,in. From the street these buildings look almost rich and it is not possible thai inside someone could starve. I would 5-;lY; because their milk il cut dawn to a fourth of what they used 10 get and because I don't see him eaung (giving her the sandwich he g~s aut to get each. e .... ening at dinner time) thOlit is not a sign they are hl.lngty. Because: she Pu,st siu like that all day, not taking any inreresr in <Lily thing e)jeept (he window silb where: rome tJf us keep our fruit that is because she: is: going to have the bOliboy VHy soon OQW and is 31 liule unnatural. 8cc.aU5C he walks up and down the mom and yeUs at her sometimes, his. throat sounding choked up, that is just the ugliness in him.

A.fter reuQning with myself like this. ] would a.lways look across :iI~ t he man wah the red hai r. It is not r:asy to explain a bout this faith J bad in him. [ don't know what I could have expected him to do, bur the fl!"djng was there: just [he same. I qurt reading when ! came heme and would often just 5i. ware hing him tOf hours. OUi eyes would meet and then one: or U$ would look away. You SII"'II'" all of us in the COUrt saw each other sleep and dress and live (Jut ow hours away from work, bm none of us: ever spoke. We: were near enough to throw our food into each others' windows, near enough 50 that a single: machine gun could have killed us all together in a flash. And still we acted as ltrangen.


Co/kerN S'om, of c,,,,<m M<Crdlnr

had been onJy a little 1('55 low [ would have learned so very much.

h was it week. later when this thing happened (hal brought it all [0 a finish. h must have been about two o'clock one night when I was waked up by a suangc- sound. h W:;J§ dark and all the lighrOj; W~TI!" out. The noise seemed 10 come from the court and as r listened (0 ir [ could hardly keep my se lf from tr<mbling. I, was no, loud (I don'. sl-eep v ery well or otherwise j[ wouldn't h .... re waked me) but there w.as something animal-like about [r - high and breathless, between a moan and ~n exclamation. h occurred to me that r had heard such a sound sometime in my Iife before, but it went too faa- back for me to remember.

I went to the- window and from there it seemed to be coming from the celhst's room. AU the lights were off an.d it was warm and black and :moonJc~5. [ w~s. !tanding there looking out and trying to imagin-e what IN,U wrong when a ShO'LH came from the young couple's apar(· men. that as long •• 1 hve J will nove, be able .0 forget. It was the young man and between the words there Win a choking sound.

"Shut up! You bitch down lh(:n~: :iohut up! I can't Hand -"

Of course J knew then what Ihe sound h.d been. He 1<1. ofT in the middlc of (he" :Scntence ~nd the COUrt was quier .. s death. There were no .JMh~ :iou(h a50 u:suillly follow iii noi.sc in the: nigh( hcrt:. A few ligh.ts were turned an, but that was all. I stood at the window fcchng :sick and [Lot ablif to ~tOp trembhng. ] looked ilCfOS$ at (he r<:d hCilldc:d man's room and in a few minutes he: turned on hi.s light. Slt:cpy eyed, he gazed aU around the court. Do lQm~t}u'''g do Jomctlii"g. [ wanted 10 ,all over to him. In il moment he i.ilt down wi~h a pipe in hi:; chair by the window .nd .witched ofT hi, ligh~ Even .f«r c>erybody else Sttmcd to be: sJ~~ping again then~ was still the smell or his tohacco in the hot dark air.

Arter IMil night [nings began to get like they ire:: now. The: young couple mond and {hll':ir room remained v.ic.anL Nc-ilhe::r the:: man with {hI!! rcd hair nor r s[::Iycd imid.:: .i:!i much .1.50 bc:forl:. 1 never saw the cl!"lli.s.rt5 dapJX=r hXJok.ing frill"'"nd again and 5hl!" wouJd practict fiercdy. j.:tbbing hl!"r bow ;;!!cmn [h~ strings. E:ilfly in ,he mornings. when sh~ would ge:t the: branierl!" 2nd stockings sht h~d hung OUt to dry sh~ w.ould snatch tht:m inside and tum her back. to the window. The balloon-man !Still dangled (rom hcr shadl!" cord, wrning slowly in thl!" air. grinning and brilliall~ gr«-n.

And now yestc:.rda'l the m.:an with du: red hair left for good. too.


It ~s ru31~e summer; rhe 'lime people U5,1I3Uy mo\'c. I wl1ir:h.~dlilim pad!: !:!p all ~h,elh~ng5 he had and! u~edl ~Ol, w Illillink olf never soc:iWl,g h~m. .. ~i!'!. [ tho1!.lght 311!QYt KhOQ~ ,~tani,ng soon and :l1iOO~I,a li~i ofbo.o:k:s; .1 would .... ke out 10 ~ead. rn wan:hed ~~m like 3J oomp~e~ snangcr. He seemed happ~eJ than he had been wfla lo.ngtilIDC, lThum:m~l1ig a 1~ldcl~nei!iS he packed, fondling his pIDalGits fora. w,h~te bc'fo~c: ta king' ~hem ~n from, the si:]I. Just Ibef(:!I)e lea;~ing he nood at ~hli wimdow ~ook.i~g QUt:OIlI il:hiC court for the list t~llIil:c. HIs ,c..,a~m fa(:~ d~d. nD~ sqllio!in t.he gl:iJ~c.bul his, eyel~d!s drooped Ulilti~ [hey W!'!rIi:! alrnosr shut and ehe ~11111 f:I1l!:liG:c a h>aze' ofUgb~ :am,W1nd his brigh.t hair lilruat WIlS almost .Iike 3J $ort of ~a.I01"

"foil'lligh~ I' liiIave d'lol1ghli :'l. :Iong dme .3loout rhi~ Rlan .. OfU]!'! I 5ta~m~d ~o w.:ill:c my fr~eilld back. home willlo' has the mccb1!rn1Jilb'sjdb aooll~ h~~~ bUil:l ch::1f1.gcdmy mind, The dtin:g isth~$ - ~l WilJIlM .~ KiQ h3w-d e.xp,l:a:ining l'OlilIlIiIYOOdy else, even th,i~; fd~nd. ill1S:~ ~10W ii~ W.25. "(01li 5~~ when ~[~Om.~5 fighlt down to it ehere are $0 ma.nylilruillp aboulI; hi~ I d0n"~k:na:w' ~ h:isn.:liM~. ~~5i!')b",~v'~~1 WlliL3~ ~1:lition;lHty he 1'5. H~ never did O!O .a~~'1!hJirngl' .a:n.di I dolt't cven ~n.ow Ju,n~xacdywiha~ .1 expected hi.mlo! do. Abal1~ the ~l1:ng G01lJip'k I don't gu~~ he w\!~d 1iaY(:: hd~d ~t a~ymo.!'~tl<l1]\1 .~ ,oould .. Wh~~ I dti,nlk back over It he I:lmeS .~ ba.vc ware.bN h.im Ican'l~ rCMemix:r <Ii lhi~..,g tl.llu$uiill ~hat h.;' c~cr did, When d'cs~r~b~~g ~i.m noth.ing ~lafId~ Q!;l~ ¢Xl;ept h~~ hair. A~tCigethe:r l:ie m:igh~S'Qcl1ill jun 1~lli,c a mill:ion OtlillCf m.en .. But no m:lilmr hQliN~IiUH"f it W!.[lld~5 I ~1t~11 h<i!ve f,h~$ tedlnglh<l!l: !l:hc:~e W5 so:mc!l:hing in him. that eould change a, mot of situ;auOmll.L5 and nr,a~glilt~1'! thc;rn out, And dlliCfc: isonc point 1,11, :a ItilJing like mil! - as long .lOIl'I I re~J th~!i W,<l!)', in ,<I se'~se it: is tr~e.

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