Autumn 1953 • Vol. XV No. 4 FictionOctober 1, 1953 |

Undiscovered Country

Johnny could not remember when he had not known about Bonny Strange. Back in the already fabulous past, where things that had actually happened were mixed up in his memory with things he had wanted to have happen in a way he imagined they never would be again, he had been aware of her---or aware, anyhow, of the Stoneyhurst place, of its great stretches of lawn, of the Pierce-Arrows and their sculptured chauffeurs going in and out of the driveway that entered the north side of the block, disappeared in the trees, and emerged on the east. Above all, perhaps, he had been aware of the great house. He remembered it best from his sixth or seventh year. That summer Company G had drilled every evening on the courthouse lawn, with campaign hats and real rifles and a band. He and his friends had been there every night riding their bicycles in and out among the spectators. When taps had been blown they lingered on the courthouse lawn and sang about how they would hang the kaiser to a sour

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Literary critic, Arthur Mizener (1907-1988) was Mellon Foundation Professor of English at Cornell University from 1951 to 1975. In addition to other works, he authored the first biography of F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Far Side of Paradise (1951) along with a biography of Ford Madox Ford, The Saddest Story: A Biography of Ford Madox Ford (1971).

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