48 THE BED BY THE WINDOW  

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6/5/2006 11:11 pm

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48 THE BED BY THE WINDOW

48 THE BED BY THE WINDOW
The three old men shared a room at the nursing home. Their
room had only one window, but for them it was the only link
to the real world. Ted Conklin, who had been there the
longest, had the bed next to the window. When Ted died, the
man in the next bed, George Best, took his place; and the
third man, Richard Greene, took George's bed. Despite his
illness, George was a cheerful man who spent his days
describing the sights he could see from his bed--pretty
girls, a policeman on horseback, a traffic jam, a pizza
parlor, a fire station and other scenes of life outside.
Richard loved to listen to George. But the more George
talked about life outside, the more Richard wanted to see
it for himself. Yet he knew that only when George died
would he have the chance. He wanted to lookout that window
so badly that one day he decided to kill George. "He is
going to die soon anyway," he told himself. "What
difference would it make?'' George had a bad heart. If he
had an attack during the night and a nurse could not get to
him right away, he had pills he could take. He kept them in
a bottle on top of the cabinet between his bed and
Richard's. All Richard had to do was knock the bottle to
the floor where George could not reach it. A few nights
later George died just as Richard had planned he would. And
the next morning Richard was moved to the bed by the
window. Now he would see for himself all the things outside
that George had described. After the nurses had left,
Richard turned to the window and looked out. But all he
could see was a blank brick wall.


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