Opening of e-version:
1 In a Sense, I Am Jacob Horner
In a sense, I am Jacob Horner.
It was on the advice of the Doctor that in 1953 I
entered the teaching profession; for a time I was a
teacher of grammar at the Wicomico State Teachers
College, in Maryland.
The Doctor had brought me to a certain point in my
original schedule of therapies (this was in June
1953), and then, once when I drove down from Baltimore
for my quarterly checkup at the Remobilization Farm,
which at that time was near Wicomico, he said to me,
"Jacob Horner, you mustn't sit idle any longer. You
will have to begin work."
"I'm not idle all the time," said I. "I take
We were seated in the Progress and Advice Room of the
farmhouse: there is one exactly like it in the present
establishment, in Pennsylvania. It is a medium-size
room, about as large as an apartment living room, only
high-ceilinged. The walls are flat white, the windows
are covered by white Venetian blinds, usually closed,
and a globed ceiling fixture provides the light. In
this room there are two straight-backed white wooden
chairs, exactly alike, facing each other in the center
of the floor, and no other furniture. The chairs are
very close together -- so close that the advisee
almost touches knees with the adviser.
It is impossible to be at ease in the Progress and
Advice Room. The Doctor sits facing you, his legs
slightly spread, his hands on his knees, and leans a
little toward you.
--- Mark Brawner <mark.brawner@...
> In this interview, Silverblatt mentions the opening
> scene of The End
> of the Road -- the Doctor and Horner sitting on
> chairs nearly knee to
> knee, etc -- and Barth "corrects" him and says that
> the opening scene
> is when Jake is immobilized at the train (bus?)
> station and the Doctor
> first approaches him.
> Silverblatt is right and Barth is wrong (right)?
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