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What Is Life?
THEY REACHED IRELAND, at that time a haven for scholars, artists, and intellectuals
whose homelands had fallen under the control of yahoos, fascists, and philistines.
Among those fugitives was the Austrian theoretical physicist Erwin Schrödinger,
formerly a professor at the universities of Berlin and Graz. Not
long after Andy and Rosetta reached Ireland, Schrödinger gave a series
of lectures on biology under the auspices of the Dublin Institute for Advanced
Studies. At one of these lectures, Andy and Rosetta tested their
new identities in public for the first time. They had become a young
couple of Scotch-Irish extraction. Andy was a struggling painter
whose work was nearly monochromatic. He was loud and unpredictable,
attractive and intimidating. Rosetta was a struggling poet whose
work was so melancholic that she began to exhibit the outward and visible
signs of poetic melancholia herself: the pale skin, the tendency to faint
away, the circles under the eyes, the nervous tremor in the fingers, an
interest in drink, a craving for cigarettes, and a constant fatigue that
resembled ennui. Actually, Rosetta wanted to write about hope, and
Andy wanted to ridicule the viciousness he saw, but for the sake of their
incognito, they set those impulses aside. When they felt confident
that the Bat could go undetected, they left for America, and a year later
Schrödinger published his lectures as a slim book with the title What
“Are they kidding?” she asked Mr. Delmonico, who
supervised the fruit-and-vegetable department.
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Copyright © 1995 by Eric Kraft
At Home with the Glynns is a work of fiction. The characters, incidents, dialogues, settings, and businesses portrayed in it are products of the author’s imagination and are not to be construed as real. Any resemblance to actual events or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.
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The illustration at the top of the page is an adaptation of an illustration by Stewart Rouse that first appeared on the cover of the August 1931 issue of Modern Mechanics and Inventions. The boy at the controls of the aerocycle doesn’t particularly resemble Peter Leroy—except, perhaps, for the smile.