Freeman, Everett
December 1987
Saturday Evening Post;Dec87, Vol. 259 Issue 9, p36
This article present information on comedian W.C. Fields. Recognizing the futility of trying to sleep in the face of his wife's tirade, Fields rose groggily, took his blanket and pillow, and went out onto the back veranda of their four-story tenement. He tossed the bedclothes onto the swinging couch-hammock and then slapped the pillow into place, where upon that end of the hammock sagged and flopped to the floor. Despite the slant, Fields had managed to get himself reasonably comfortable when there came a strange rolling and bumping noise from upstairs. A small boy was revealed on the veranda above, playing with, of all things, a coconut. He would drop it and roll it, drop it and roll it, and each time he did, Fields would curl deeper into the blanket, trying to cover his ears. Then came a moment's silence, during which the coconut rolled away from the boy to a wooden rear staircase. It teetered on the top step, then dropped and began a nerve-wracking journey downward, pausing briefly on each step before rolling to the edge and over with a loud thump. Every thump was a knife in the exhausted man's back-till the coconut appeared to stop on the landing at the top of the next flight, of stairs.


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