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Bored and enormously philanthropic, Rudford got it over with. We’re gonna take her to a good hospital. Editor, novelist and playwright A. Charles scratched his head, swung his immense, stockinged feet to the cigarette-butt specked floor, and squinted.

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The sunshine that Rudford had let in fell across her left hand; with it she was tapping out something slow and personal on the wood of Charles’s piano. Gimme a green one.

It sounded to me like a pretty little town. That where you put your gum? Black Charles and Lida Louise began to play casino. Lida Louise hadn’t been singing on Beale Street for more than two weeks before the customers salinnger lining up outside Meadows’s an hour before Lida Louise went on.

He said not to come today. He wasn’t sore at them. Peggy immediately reported to him, “You said for us not to come today, but Rudford wanted to.

That’s a good hospital,” Peggy said stroking Lida Louise’s forehead. The gesture, however, had no effect on the noisy, home-for-Christmas crowd, so Peggy turned around in her seat and, never a lady, yelled at them, “Y’all be quiet!


Lida Louise smiled, closed her eyes, and died. Black Charles’s cafe was a hole-in-the-wall hamburger joint, a major eyesore on a street that was regularly torn down, on paper, whenever Civic Council convened.

Use one of the services below to sign in to PBS: He said it was about an hour’s drive from Memphis. Suddenly she leaped from a high branch, landing on the hat of one of the firemen, and springboarded instantly into an adjacent tree. After all, it stood to reason that Black Charles, being a wonderful piano player, would be wonderfully indefatigable.

They knew, most of them, just how good she was, and those who didn’t know pretended to. They sat down for a minute at Rudford’s table and told each other how incredible it was that they had recognized each other, and how fine they both looked. It was like this: She was just right, though of course, Rudford didn’t tell her so. A woman who controlled herself under all circumstances. It was terribly scratchy now.

Peggy circled the problem academically. The attendant looked in at Lida Louise, pale and in agony, lying across the front seat with her head on Black Charles’s head.

Songs were started up–spirited war songs, chiefly, composed by patriotic Broadway songwriters ssalinger, through some melancholy, perhaps permanently embittering turn of the wheel of fortune, had been disqualified from taking their places at the front. The narrator is usually provided with a nice, artistic spot for his voice to stop, but that’s about all.

Peggy held Lida Salonger head. He had a very slight Southern accent and a chronic, foxhole cough. I don’t think those Coolidge years come apart anyways.

Salinger’s Last Story in Cosmopolitan, “Blue Melody”

The trouble was the world might end while his eyes were shut. Peggy nervously tapped ssalinger mouth of her bottle against her front teeth; Rudford didn’t even pick his bottle up.


How ’bout singin’ it if you know it? Then she ran into Meadows’s, whizzed past a crew of waiters and orchestra boys, and slammed her dressing room door behind her. All he had to do to get in on this deal was to wake the artist up. Mepody girl was Peggy. He liked the way she set her mouth hard against her knees, leaving teeth marks, while Charles was playing.

Before you submit an error, please consult our Troubleshooting Guide. Miss Packers had been an Agersberg school teacher who, during the Civil Meloddy, had taken a few pot shots at some passing Union troops, from the window of the principal’s office. Rudford watched the road. S26 2m 28s checkmark Add to Watchlist. You may have an unactivated TPT Passport member benefit. Dear kittys I am back and got some real nice new songs for you so you come around quick and see me. Now years later Rudford was making a great point of explaining to me that Lida Louise’s voice cannot be described, until I told him I happened to have most of her records and knew what he meant.

And in an extracurricular sense, more. American Masters Salinger vs. Rudford came from a place called Agersburg, Tennessee.