Thursday, March 27, 2008

in hot water with Clarence Darrow


I had to abandon the hot tub for the dreamier climes of my bed.


I have almost finished reading Edward J. Larson's The Scopes Trial. Tonight I completed reading the section on the trial itself. As I read along, who should show up in the tub but John Scopes himself -- the veritable cipher in the whole episode. He settled down into a quiet corner.


But he was almost immediately joined by Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan. Two loud Democrat attorneys -- both with causes -- filled the tub faster than I was willing to share. I decided to abandon the hot tub and the evening to the three of them. After all, they will still be there whenever I am willing to pick up the story again. And they have been good enough to abandon their histories to me.


Off to bed. This cold is managing to hang on for too long. It must be two weeks now.

5 comments:

Babs said...

Take care of yourself...it's probably from jumping in the creek to save Jiggs!
William Jennings Bryant sailed to Veracruz at some point in his life and was pondering the "danger of kidnapping" in Mexico City as he was in a carriage headed that way. I do believe the "kidnapping thing" is an urban myth.........

wayne said...

Fantastic piece of writing...putting the characters in the hot tub with you. Brilliant.

Hope you feel better soon. Cruise a'coming and all!

Steve Cotton said...

Thanks, Wayne. Every now and then the muse visits -- but there was no room for her in the hot tub last night. I was thinking of your beach pictures this afternoon while we were getting a bit of snowflakes mixed with our rain.

Babs -- You may be correct about the connection between the worsening of my cold and my unplanned "swim" with Jiggs.

Anonymous said...

wayne said...
Fantastic piece of writing...putting the characters in the hot tub with you. Brilliant.

Wayne's right - I love to read Steve's blog because he writes so beautifully. Also love the photos!!!

Alee'

Steve Cotton said...

Alee' --

What a nice thing to say! Thank you.