By Simone de Beauvoir
Translated via Patrick O'Brian
A really easy demise has lengthy been one in all Simone de Beauvoir’s masterpieces. The profoundly relocating, daily recounting of her mother’s loss of life “shows the ability of compassion while it truly is allied with acute intelligence” (The Sunday Telegraph).
Powerful, touching, and occasionally stunning, this is often an end-of-life account that no reader is probably going to fail to remember.
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He was honest with everybody. There’s no more honest man living than Earl Scruggs. If he owes you a dime, he’ll walk in the snow and pay you. There’s not too many of them left, you know. I’ve never seen a woman as smart in business as Earl’s wife, Louise. As an agent, Earl would have been one of the best, but he taught her to do that. That’s what kept them up there. When I come to work with them, Earl handled everything. He taught Louise these things, you know, like how to handle a booking date.
Earl . . Wake up . . ” We had two wrecks, but never did hurt none of us. We was lucky. Them old roads and an old four-banger diesel bus . . wasn’t no interstate then, you know. S. 64 in, I believe it was ’58. I know it was on my wedding anniversary, the 18th of August, and I had to leave that morning. We was going to Franklin, North Carolina. That was the most miserable week I think I’ve ever spent in show business. We wound up in Shelby, North Carolina, Earl’s hometown. It drove the windshield of that bus back to where you couldn’t get your hands between it and the steering wheel, knocked the lights out, and we went on and played 1955–1969, Part 2, Life on the Road and the Breakup 35 in Franklin that night.
Even got Jake Tullock into that. He’d come in with that bass fiddle to sing a part and move right back out. I guess partly my doings done that. I don’t know, but I knew I had to have a hole to get in there, and I wanted them out of there. I weighed 120 pounds, you know. 1955–1969, Part 1, Foggy Mountain Boy 31 Them guys, all of them weighed 200. They’d tromp on you. When a new man would come in, he’d almost get killed before he learned. Our tuning and timing had to be right, and Earl wouldn’t let us pat our feet.
A Very Easy Death by Simone de Beauvoir