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"Whoknows?"askedMary.Sheturnedtotheharassedhusbandandspokegently."Thereare
alotofthingsthatmendon'tunderstandabout."Sheurgedtheconfusedmantoforgetthe
wholething,eatanicesupperwhichshewouldcookforhim,andthengotobedandgetagood
night'ssleep.
Thepuzzledmanlaybesidehiswifethroughoutthenight.Hecouldn'tgetagoodnight'ssleep.
Fromtimetotime,he'driseonhiselbowandstareather.Fromtimetotime,he'drunhishand
overherflatstomach.Sissysleptsoundlyallthroughthenight.
Whenheleftforworkthenextmorning,Sissyannouncedthathe'dbeafatherbeforehe
returnedthatnight.
"Igiveup,"shoutedthetormentedmanandwentofftohisworkinthepulpmagazinehouse.
SissyrushedovertoLucia'shouse.Thebabyhadbeenbornjustanhourafterthefatherhad
left.Itwasabeautifulhealthygirl.Sissywassohappy.ShesaidLuciawouldhavetonursethe
babyfortendaystogiveitastart,thenshe'dtakeithome.Shewentoutandboughtaroasting
chickenandabakerystorepie.ThemothercookedthechickenItalianstyle.Sissytrusteda
bottleofChiantiwinefromtheItaliangrocerontheblockandtheyallhadafinedinner.Itwas
likea
fiesta
inthehouse.Everybodywashappy.Lucia'sstomachwasalmostflatagain.There
wasnolongeranymonumenttoherdisgrace.Nowallwasasithadbeenbefore...orwouldbe
whenSissytookthebabyaway.
Sissywashedthebabyeveryhour.Shechangeditsshirtandbandthreetimesduringtheday.
Thediaperswerechangedeveryfiveminuteswhethertheyneededtobeornot.Shewashed
Luciaandmadehercleanandsweet.Shebrushedandbrushedherhairuntilitglowedlike
satin.Shecouldn'tdoenoughforLuciaandthebaby.Shehadtotearherselfawaywhenit
cametimeforthefather'sreturning.
ThefathercamehomeandwentintothedarkroomtogiveLuciaherdailyfoodpittance.He
turnedupthegasandfoundaradiantLuciaandafathealthybabysleepingcontentedlyather
side.Hewasamazed.Allthisonbreadandwater!Thenfrightgrewonhim.Itwasamiracle!
SurelytheVirginMaryhadintervenedfortheyoungmother.Shehadbeenknowntoworksuch
miraclesinItaly.Maybehewouldbepunishedfortreatinghisfleshandbloodsoinhumanly.
Contrite,hebroughtheraplateheapedwithspaghetti.Luciadeclineditsayingshehadgrown
usedtobreadandwater.ThemothersidedwithLuciaandexplainedthatthebreadandwater
hadformedtheperfectbaby.Moreandmorethefatherbelievedamiraclehadcomeabout.
Frantically,hetriedtobenicetoLucia,butthefamilywerepunishinghim.Theywouldn'tpermit
himtoshowanykindnesstohisdaughter.
SissywaslyingpeacefullyinbedwhenherJohncamehomethatevening.Jokingly,heasked,
"Didyouhavethatbabytoday?"
"Yes,"shesaidinaweakvoice.
"Aw,goon!"
"Itwasbornanhourafteryouleftthismorning."
"Itwasnot!"
"Iswear!"
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Helookedaroundtheroom."Whereisit,then?"
"IntheincubatoratConeyIsland."
"Inthe
where
?"
"Itwasasevenmonths'baby,youknow.Onlyweighedthreepounds.That'swhyIdidn'tshow."
"Youlie,see?"
"AssoonasIgetmystrengthback,I'lltakeyoutoConeyIslandrighttotheglasscasewhereit
is."
"Whatareyoutryingtodo?Drivemecrazy?"
"I'mgoingtobringithomeintendays.Justassoonasitgrowsfingernails."Sheputthatinon
thespurofthemoment.
"
What's
gottenintoyou,Sissy?YouknowGod-damnedwellyoudidn'thaveababythis
morning."
"Ihadababy.Itweighedthreepounds.Theytookittotheincubatorsothatitwouldn'tdieand
I'mgoingtogetitbackintendays."
"Igiveup!Igiveup,"heshoutedandwentoutandgotdrunk.
Sissybroughtthebabyhometendayslater.Itwasabigbabyandweighedalmosteleven
pounds.HerJohnassertedhimselfforthelasttime.
"Itseemsmightybigforaten-day-oldbaby."
"You'reamightybigmanyourself,Lover,shewhispered.Shesawapleasedlookcomeintohis
face.Sheputherarmsaroundhim."I'mallrightnow,"shesaidinhisear,"ifyouwanttosleep
withme."
"Youknow,"hesaidafterwards,"itdoeslookalittlelikeme."
"Especiallyaroundtheears,"murmuredSissydrowsily.
TheItalianfamilywentbacktoItalyafewmonthslater.Theyweregladtogobecausethenew
worldhadbroughtthemnothingbutsorrow,povertyandshame.Sissyneverheardofthem
again.
Everybodyknewthatitwasn'tSissy'sbaby-thatit
couldn't
beherbaby.Butshestucktoher
storyandsincetherewasnootherexplanation,peoplehadtoacceptit.Afterall,strangethings
didhappenintheworld.ShechristenedthechildSarah,butintimeeveryonecalleditLittle
Sissy.
KatiewastheonlyonetowhomSissytoldthetruthabouttheoriginofthebaby.Sheconfidedin
herwhensheaskedhertowriteoutthenamesforthebirthcertificate.Ah,butFrancieknewtoo.
Ofteninthenightshehadbeenwakenedby thesoundofvoicesandheardmamaandAunt
Sissytalkinginthekitchenaboutthebaby.FrancievowedalwaystokeepSissy'ssecret.
Johnnywastheonlyotherperson(outsideoftheItalianfamily)whoknew.Katietoldhim.
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Francieheardthemtalkingaboutitwhentheythoughtshewassoundasleep.Papatookthe
partofSissy'shusband.
"That'sadirtytricktoplayonaman,anyman.Somebodyoughttotellhim.I'lltellhim."
"No!"saidmamasharply."He'sahappyman.Lethimbethatway."
"Happy?Withanotherman'schildpalmedoffonhim?Idon'tseeit."
He'scrazyforSissy;he'salwaysafraidshe'sgoingtoleavehimandhe'ddieifshelefthim.And
youknowSissy.Shewentfromonemantoanother,onehusbandtoanother-alwaystryingto
getachild.Shewasonthevergeofleavingthisonewhenthebabyhappenedalong.Sissywill
beadifferentwomanfromnowon.Markmywords.She'llsettledownatlastandmakehima
muchbetterwifethanhedeservestohave.WhoisthisJohn,anyhow?"sheinterruptedherself.
"She'llbeagoodmother.Thechildwillbeherwholeworldandshewon'tneedtobegoingafter
themenanymore.Sodon'tmonkeyaroundwithit,Johnny."
"YouRommelywomenaretoodeepforusmen,"decidedJohnny.Athoughtstruckhim."Say!
Youdidn'tdothattome,didyou?"
Inanswer,Katiegotthechildrenoutofbed.Shehadthemstandbeforehimintheirlongwhite
nightgowns."Lookatthem,"shecommanded.Johnnylookedathisson.Itwasasifhewere
lookinginatrickmirrorwherehesawhimselfperfectlybutonasmallerscale.Helookedat
Francie.TherewasKatie'sfacealloveragain(onlymoresolemn)exceptfortheeyes.They
wereJohnny'seyes.Onanimpulse,Franciepickedupaplateandhelditoverherheartthe
wayJohnnyheldhishatwhenhesang.Shesangoneofhissongs:
TheycalledherfrivolousSal.
Apeculiarsortofagal...
ShehadJohnny'sexpressionsandJohnny'sgestures.
"Iknow,Iknow,"papawhispered.Hekissedhischildren,gavethemeachapatonthebackside
andtoldthemtogobacktobed.Aftertheyhadgone,KatiepulledJohnny'sheaddownand
whisperedsomethingtohim.
"No!"hesaidinasurprisedvoice.
"Yes,Johnny,"shesaidquietly.Heputhishaton."Whereareyougoing,Johnny?"
"Out."
"Johnny,pleasedon'tcomehome..."shelookedtowardsthebedroomdoor.
"Iwon't,Katie,"hepromised.Hekissedhergentlyandwentout.
Franciewokeupinthemiddleofthenightwonderingwhathadtakenheroutofhersleep.Ah!
Papahadn'tcomehomeyet.Thatwasit.Sheneversleptsoundlyuntilsheknewhehadcome
home.Onceawake,shestartedthinking.ShethoughtofSissy'sbaby.Shethoughtofbirth.Her
thoughtswenttobirth'scorollary:death.Shedidn'twanttothinkofdeath;howeverybodywas
bornbuttodie.Whileshewasfightingoffthoughtsofdeath,theyheardpapacomingupthe
stairssingingsoftly.Sheshiveredwhensheheardthathewassingingthelastverseof"Molly
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Malone."Heneversangthatverse.Never!Why…?
Shediedofafever,
Andnoonecouldsaveher,
Andthat'showIlo-ost
SweetMollyMalone...
Franciedidn'tstir.Itwasarulethatwhenpapacamehomelate,mamawastoopenthedoor.
Shedidn'twantthechildrentolosetheirsleep.Thesongwascomingtoanend.Mamadidn't
hear-shewasn'tgettingup.Franciejumpedoutofbed.Thesongwasendedbeforeshe
reachedthedoor.Whensheopenedit,papawasstandingtherequietly,hishatinhishand.He
waslookingstraightbeforehim,overherhead.
"Youwon,Papa,"shesaid.
"DidI?"heasked.Hewalkedintotheroomnotlookingather.
"Youfinishedthesong."
"Yes,Ifinishedthesong,Iguess."Hesatinthechairby thewindow.
"Papa...."
"Turnoutthelightandgobacktobed."(Thelightwaskeptburninglowagainsthisreturn.)She
turnedoutthelight.
"Papa,are...areyousick?"
"No.I'mnotdrunk,"hesaidclearlyfromthedark.AndFrancieknewthathespokethetruth.
Shewenttobedandburiedherfaceinthepillow.Shedidnotknowwhy,butshewept.
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XXXV
ONCEmoreitwasintheweekbeforeChristmas.Franciehadjusthadherfourteenthbirthday.
Neeley,asheputit,waswaitingtoturnthirteenanymoment.Itlookedasthoughitwouldn'tbe
suchagoodChristmas.TherewassomethingwrongwithJohnny.Johnnywasn'tdrinking.
Therehadbeenothertimes,ofcourse,whenJohnnystoppeddrinkingbutthatwaswhenhe
wasworking.Nowhewasn'tdrinkingatallandhewasn'tworking,andthewrongthingabout
Johnnywasthathewasn'tdrinkingbuthewasactinglikehewasdrinking.
Hehadn'tspokentohisfamilyinmorethantwoweeks.Francierememberedthelasttimepapa
hadsaidanythingtoherwasthatnightwhenhecamehomesobersingingthelastverseof
"MollyMalone."Cometothinkofit,hehadn'tsungsincethatnighteither.Hecameandwent
withoutspeaking.Hestayedoutlatenightsandcamehomesoberandnobodyknewwherehe
spentthattime.Hishandsweretremblingbadly.Hecouldhardlyholdtheforkwhenheate.And
suddenly,helookedveryold.
Yesterdayhehadcomeinwhiletheywereeatingsupper.Helookedatthemasthoughhewere
goingtosaysomething.Insteadofspeaking,however,heclosedhiseyesforasecondand
thenwentintothebedroom.Hehadnoregularhoursforanything.Hecameandwentatodd
hoursofthedayandnight.Whenhewashome,hespentthetimelyingonhisbedfullyclothed
withhiseyesshut.
Katiewentaboutwhiteandquiet.Therewasaforebodingaboutherasthoughshewere
carryingtragedywithinherself.Herfacewasthinandtherewerehollowsunderhercheeksbut
herbodywasfuller.
ShehadtakenonanextrajobinthisweekbeforeChristmas.Shegotupearlierandworked
fasteratherflatcleaningandwasfinishedinearlyafternoon.SherusheddowntoGorling's,the
departmentstoreatthePolishendofGrandStreet,wheresheworkedfromfourtoseven,
servingcoffeeandsandwichestothesalesgirlswhowerenotallowedtotakethetimetogoout
forsupperonaccountoftheChristmasrush.Herfamilydesperatelyneededthatseventy-five
centsthatsheearnedeachday.
Itwasnearlyseveno'clock.NeeleyhadcomehomefromhispaperrouteandFranciewasback
fromthelibrary.Therewasnofireintheflat.Theyhadtowaituntilmamacamehomewith
somemoneywithwhichtobuyabundleofwood.Thechildrenworetheircoatsandzitfulcaps
asitwasverycoldintheflat.Franciesawthatmamahadwashonthelineandshepulleditin.
Thegarmentshadfrozenintogrotesqueshapesanddidn'twanttocomeinthroughthewindow.
"Here,letmeat'em,"saidNeeleyreferringtoafrozensuitofunderwear.Thelegsofthelong
drawershadfrozeninaspreadoutpositionandNeeley'sstrugglesdidnogood.
"I'llbreakthedamnthing'slegs,"saidFrancie.Shewhackeditfiercelyanditcrackledand
collapsed.Shepulleditinviciously.ShelookedlikeKatieatthatmoment.
"Francie?"
"Huh?"
"You...you
cursed
."
"Iknowit."
"Godheardyou."
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"Oh,shoot!"
"Yes,Hedid.HeseesandHehearseverything."
"Neeley,doyoubelievethatHelooksrightinthislittleoldroom?"
"YoubetchaHedoes."
"Don'tyoubelieveit,Neeley.He'stoobusywatchingallthelittlesparrowsfallandworrying
aboutwhetherthelittlebudswillburstintoflowerstohavetimetoinvestigateus."
"Don'ttalklikethat,Francie."
"Iwillso.IfHewentaroundlookingintopeople'swindowslikeyousay,He'dseehowthings
werehere;He'dseethatitwascoldandthattherewasnofoodinthehouse;He'dseethat
mamaisn'tstrongenoughtoworksohard.AndHe'dseehowpapawasandHe'ddosomething
aboutpapa.Yes,Hewould!"
"Francie..."theboylookedaroundtheroomuneasily.Franciesawthathewasuneasy.
"I'mgettingtoobigtoteasehim,"shethought.Aloudshesaid,"Allright,Neeley."Theytalked
aboutotherthingsuntilKatiecamehome.
Katiecameinwitharush.Shehadabundleofwoodblockswhichshehadboughtfortwocents,
acanofcondensedmilkandthreebananasinabag.Shestuffedpaperandthewoodintothe
rangeandhadafiregoinginnotime.
"Well,children,Iguesswe'llhavetohaveoatmealforsuppertonight."
"Again?"groanedFrancie.
"Itwon'tbesobad,"saidmama."WehavecondensedmilkandIbroughtbananastosliceon
top."
"Mama,"orderedNeeley,"don'tmixmycondensedmilkwiththeoatmeal.Letitstayontop."
"Slicethebananasandcookthemwiththeoatmeal,"suggestedFrancie.
"Iwanttoeatmybananawhole,"protestedNeeley.Mamasettledtheargument."I'llgiveyou
eachabananaandyoueatitthewayyouwant."
Whentheoatmealwascooked,Katiefilledtwosoupplatesfull,setthemonthetable,punched
twoholesinthecanofmilkandsetabananabyeachplate.
"Aren'tyougoingtoeat,Mama?"askedNeeley.
"I'lleatafter.I'mnothungrynow."Katiesighed.
Franciesaid,"Mama,ifyoudon'tfeellikeeating,whydon'tyouplaythepianosoit'slikea
restaurantwhilewe'reeating."
"It'scoldinthefrontroom."
"Lighttheoilstove,"chorusedthechildren.
"Allright."Katietookaportableoilstovefromthecupboard."OnlyyouknowIdon'tplayso
good."
"Youplaygrand,Mama,"saidFranciesincerely.
Katiewaspleased.Sheknelttolighttheoilstove."Whatdoyouwantmetoplay?"
"Come,LittleLeaves,"calledFrancie.
"Welcome,SweetSpringtime,"shoutedNeeley.
"I'llplay'LittleLeaves'first,"decidedmama,"becauseIdidn'tgiveFrancieabirthdaypresent."
Shewentintothecoldfrontroom.
"IthinkI'llslicemybananaontopofmyoatmeal.I'llsliceitverythinsothatthere'sawholelot
ofit,"saidFrancie.
"I'mgoingtoeatminewhole,"decidedNeeley,"andslow,sothatitlastsalongtime."
MamawasplayingFrancie'ssong,now.ItwasonethatMr.Mortonhadtaughtthechildren.She
sangtothemusic:
Come,littleleaves,saidthewindoneday.
Comeo'erthemeadowswithmeandplay.
Putonyourdressesofredandgold...
"Aw,that'sababysong,"interruptedNeeley.Franciestoppedsinging.WhenKatiefinished
Francie'ssong,shestartedtoplayRubinstein's"MelodyinF."Mr.Mortonhadtaughtthemthat
song,too,callingit"Welcome,SweetSpringtime."Neeleystartedtosing:
Welcome,sweetspringtime,wegreettheetosong
.
Hisvoicechangedsuddenlyfromtenortobassonthehighnotein"song."Franciegiggledand
soonNeeleywasgigglingsomuchthathecouldn'tsing.
"Youknowwhatmamawouldsayifshewassittingherenow?"askedFrancie.
"What?"
"She'dsay,'springwillbeherebeforeyouknowit.'"Theylaughed.
"Christmasiscomingsoon,"commentedNeeley.
"Rememberwhenwewerechildren,"saidFrancie,whohadjustfinishedbeingthirteen,"how
weusedtosmellifChristmaswascoming?"
"Let'sseeifwecanstillsmellit,"Neeleysaidimpulsively.Heopenedthewindowacrackand
puthisnosetoit."Yup."
"Whatdoesitsmelllike?"
"Ismellsnow.Rememberhow,whenwewerekidsweusedtolookupattheskyandholler,
'Featherboy,featherboy,shakedownsomefeathersfromthesky.'"
"Andwhenitsnowed,wethoughttherewasafeatherboyupthere.Letmesmell,"sheasked
suddenly.Sheputhernosetothecrack."Yes,Icansmellit.Itsmellslikeorangepeelsand
Christmastreesputtogether."Theyclosedthewindow.
"IneversnitchedonyouthattimeyougotthedollwhenyousaidyournamewasMary."
"No,"saidFranciegratefully.AndIdidn'ttellonyoueither,thetimeyoumadeacigaretteoutof
coffeegroundsandwhenyousmokedit,thepapercaughtfireandfellonyourblouseand
burnedabigholeinit.Ihelpedyouhideit."
"Youknow,"musedNeeley,"mamafoundthatblouseandsewedapatchovertheholeandshe
neveraskedmeaboutit."
"Mamaisfunny,"saidFrancie.Theyponderedawhileovertheirmother'sinscrutableways.The
firewasdyingdownnowbutthekitchenwasstillwarm.Neeleysatontopofthefarendofthe
stovewhereitwasn'tsohot.Mamahadwarnedhimthathe'dgetpilesfromsittingonahot
stove.ButNeeleydidn'tcare.Helikedhisbacksidetobewarm.
Thechildrenwerealmosthappy.Thekitchenwaswarmandtheywerefedandmama'splaying
madethemseemsafeandcomfortable.TheyreminiscedaboutpastChristmases,or,as
Francieputit,theytalkedaboutoldentimes.
Whiletheyweretalking,someonepoundedonthedoor."It'spapa,"saidFrancie.
"No.Papaalwayssingscomingupthestairssoweknowit'shim."
"Neeley,papahasn'tsungcominghomesincethatnight...."
"Letmein!"shoutedJohnny'svoiceandhebeatonthedoorasthoughhewouldbreakitdown.
Mamacamerunningoutfromthefrontroom.Hereyeslookedverydarkinherwhiteface.She
openedthedoor.Johnnylungedin.Theystaredathim.Theyhadneverseenpapalookinglike
that.Hewasalwayssoneatandnowhistuxedojacketwasdirtyasthoughhehadbeenlyingin
thegutterandhisderbyhatwasbashedin.Hedidn'townanovercoatorgloves.Hiscoldred
handsweretrembling.Helungedtothetable.
"No,I'mnotdrunk,"hesaid.
"Nobodysaid..."beganKatie.
AtlastI'mthroughwithit.Ihateit,Ihateit,Ihateit!"Hepoundedthetable.Theyknewhewas
speakingthetruth."Ihaven'ttouchedadropsincethatnight..."hebrokeoffsuddenly."Butno
onewouldbelievemeanymore.Noone...."
"There,Johnny,"saidmamasoothingly."What'sthematter,Papa?"askedFrancie.
"Sh!Don'tbotheryourfather,"saidmama.ShespoketoJohnny."There'scoffeeleftfromthis
morning,Johnny.It'sniceandhotandwe'vegotmilktonight.Iwaswaitinguntilyoucamehome
sothatwecouldeattogether."Shepouredcoffee.
"Weatealready,"saidNeeley.
"Hush!"mamatoldhim.SheputmilkintothecoffeeandsatoppositeJohnny."Drinkit,Johnny,
whileit'shot."
Johnnystaredatthecup.SuddenlyhepusheditfromhimandKatiedrewasharpbreathasit
clatteredtothefloor.Johnnyburiedhisheadinhisarmsandsobbedshudderingly.Katiewent
tohim.
"What'sthematter,Johnny,what'sthematter?"sheaskedsoothingly.Finallyhesobbedout:
"TheythrewmeoutoftheWaiters'Uniontoday.TheysaidIwasabumandadrunk.Theysaid
they'dnevergivemeanotherjobaslongasIlive."Hecontrolledhissobsforamomentandhis
voicewasfrightenedashesaid,"aslongasIlive!"Heweptbitterly."Theywantedmetoturnin
myUnionbutton."Heputhishandoverthetinygreenandwhitebuttonheworeinhislapel.
Francie'sthroatgottightassherememberedhowheoftensaidheworeitlikeanornament,a
rose.HewassoproudtobeaUnionman."ButIwouldn'tgiveitup,"hesobbed.
"That'snothing,Johnny.Youjustgetagoodrestandgetonyourfeetagainandthey'llbeglad
totakeyouin.You'reagoodwaiterandthebestsingerthey'vegot."
"I'mnogoodanymore.Ican'tsinganymore.Katie,theylaughatmenowwhenIsing.Thelast
fewjobsIhad,theyhiredmetogivethepeoplealaugh.It'scometothat,now.I'mfinished."He
sobbedwildly;hesobbedasthoughhenevercouldstop.
Franciewantedtorunintothebedroomandhideherheadunderthepillow.Sheedgedtoward
thedoor.Mamasawher.
"Stayhere!"shesaidsharply.Shespoketopapaagain."Come,Johnny.Restawhileandyou'll
feelbetter.TheoilstoveislitandI'llputitinthebedroomanditwillbeniceandwarm.I'llsitwith
youuntilyoufallasleep."Sheputherarmsaroundhim.Gently,heputherarmsawayandwent
intothebedroomalone,sobbingmorequietly.Katiespoketothechildren."I'mgoingtostay
withpapaforawhile.Keepontalkingordoingwhateveryouweredoing."Thechildrenstaredat
hernumbly."Whatareyoulookingatmelikethatfor?"hervoicebroke."Nothing'sthematter."
Theylookedaway.Shewentintothefrontroomtogettheoilstove.
FrancieandNeeleydidnotlookateachotherforalongtime.Finallyhesaid,"Doyouwantto
talkaboutoldentimes?"
"No,"saidFrancie.
XXXVI
JOHNNYdiedthreedayslater.
HehadgonetobedthatnightandKatiehadsatby himuntilhewenttosleep.Latersheslept
withFranciesoasnottodisturbhim.Sometimeduringthenighthegotup,dressedquietlyand
wentout.Hedidnotreturnthenextnight.Theseconddaytheybeganlookingforhim.They
lookedalloverbutJohnnyhadn'tbeeninanyofhisaccustomedhauntsforaweek.
Thesecondnight,McShanecameovertotakeKatietoanearbyCatholicHospital.Ontheway
overhetoldher,asgentlyashecould,aboutJohnny.Johnnyhadbeenfoundearlythat
morninghuddledinadoorway.Hewasunconsciouswhenacopfoundhim.Histuxedojacket
wasbuttonedupoverhisundershirtandthecopsawtheSt.Anthony'smedalaroundhisneck
andcalleduptheCatholicHospitalambulance.Therewerenomarksofidentificationonhim.
Laterthecopmadehisreportatthestationhouseandgaveadescriptionoftheunconscious
man.Intheroutineofcheckingthereports,McShanecameacrossthedescription.Hissixth
sensetoldhimwhothemanwas.HewenttothehospitalandsawthatitwasJohnnyNolan.
JohnnywasstilllivingwhenKategotthere.Hehadpneumonia,thedoctortoldher,andthere
wasn'tachance.Itwasmerelyaquestionofhours.Alreadyhewasinthecomathatcame
beforedeath.TheytookKatietohim.Hisbedwasinalongcorridor-likeward.Therewerefifty
otherbedsintheward.KatiethankedMcShaneandsaidgoodbye.Hewentawayknowingthat
shewantedtobealonewithJohnny.
Therewasascreen,connotingdying,aroundJohnny'sbed.TheybroughtachairforKatieand
shesattherealldaywatchinghim.Hewasbreathingharshlyandthereweredriedtearsonhis
face.Katiestayedthereuntilhedied.Hehadneveropenedhiseyes.Hehadnotspokena
wordtohiswife.
Itwasnightwhenshecamehome.Shedecidednottotellthechildrenuntilthemorning."Let
themhaveanight'ssleepbehindthem,"shethought,"onemorenightofgrieflesssleep."She
toldthemonlythattheirfatherwasinthehospitalandverysick.Shesaidnomore.Therewas
somethingaboutthewayshelookedthatdiscouragedthechildrenfromaskingquestions.
Justasdawncame,Franciewoke.Shelookedacrossthenarrowbedroomandsawmama
sittingnexttoNeeley'sbedandlookingdownintohisface.Hereyesweredarkunderneathand
shelookedasthoughshehadbeensittingthereallnight.WhenshesawthatFranciewas
awake,shetoldhertogetupandgetdressedrightaway.SheshookNeeleygentlytoawaken
himandtoldhimthesamething.Shewentoutintothekitchen.
ThebedroomwasgrayandcoldandFrancieshiveredasshegotintoherclothes.Shewaited
forNeeley,notwantingtogoouttomamaalone.Katiewassittingbythewindow.Theycame
beforeherandstoodwaiting.
"Yourfatherisdead,"shetoldthem.
Franciestoodnumb.Therewasnofeelingofsurpriseorgrief.Therewasnofeelingofanything.
Whatmamajustsaidhadnomeaning.
"You'renottocryforhim,"orderedmama.Hernextwordshadnosenseeither."He'soutofit
nowandmaybehe'sluckierthanweare."
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