Books [William Knox]
Got up and dressed and was up there at midnight. And then, by God, I fished all night for two lousy little bullheads. They wa's't bitin'. That's the kind of luck I been havin' lately, kiddo.
“I got a son up in Bantam. Says to me, ‘Pop, you can come up and stay with me as long as you're a mind to. But, ‘he says, ‘I can't take Gemp.’ That's my granddaughter. That's what we call her, ‘Gemp.’ She's thirteen years old, and she lives with me. What the hell am I goin' to do with her? She's goin' to school here in Thomaston. A real nice little girl. I wouldn't let her go anywhere she didn't get a good home. I got to cook supper for her now. We always have an early supper, about five o'clock, and then if there's anything in the house to eat, we have a snack before bedtime.
“My wife, she hain't livin' with me any more. Stays down with her sister on River Street, and swears she won't come back. I can't even speak to her on the street. They won't even let me do that.
“And what with this hangin' around I get nervous as a cat. I went to Doc Wight about it, I couldn't sleep and couldn't eat very good. And Doc shined a flashlight in my eyes, and then he said, ‘Bill, you always was crazy, and your trouble is you're gettin' crazier.’ I says, ‘doc, I know that.’ I says, ‘I could've told you that. You have my worries and you'll go crazy too. All I want is something to make me sleep.’ So he says. ‘All right Bill, I'll see what I can do for you.’ So he give me somethin' to make me sleep. I's takin' it now. I's under dope half the time. But I can't say's it makes me sleep very good, kiddo.
“What I need is to do a day's work. That'll make me sleep. Have you heard of any knife companies that're still doin' business in your