Eighth Teitelbaum Mention
“My son,” Bernie said, “is wearing eye make-up.”
“God almighty, it’s for the camera,” Leda said. “John Wayne wore eye make-up. Humphrey Bogart wore eye make-up.”
“I don’t believe it,” Bernie said.
Charlie glanced up from a sheet of paper he was staring at. “I’m trying to memorize this.”
“Memorize what?” said Bernie.
“His line,” said Leda. “Why are you not getting this?”
All of a sudden it felt like old times. I preferred new times, especially if old times meant going back to the Leda days. In some ways – this occurring to me for the very first time, funny how the mind works – she was like Mrs. Teitelbaum. But unlike Mrs. Teitelbaum, Leda couldn’t drive a stick – would I ever forget the time Bernie tried to teach her – so the earth mover episode would never have happened to us.
“What’s the line, Charlie?” Bernie said.
“Don’t disturb him,” Leda said. “He’s internalizing it.”
“Huh?” said Bernie.
From A Fistful of Collars.
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