Heaven's My Destination: A Novel

By Thornton Wilder

Drawing on such targeted resources because the author's unpublished letters, company documents, and imprecise kinfolk reminiscences, Tappan Wilder's Afterword provides a different measurement to the reissue of this hilarious story approximately goodness in a fallen world.

Meet George Marvin Brush—Don Quixote come to major highway within the nice melancholy, and one in all Thornton Wilder's such a lot memorable characters. George Brush, a touring textbook salesman, is a fervent non secular convert who's made up our minds to guide an exceptional existence. With unhappy and occasionally hilarious effects, his travels take him via smoking autos, bawdy homes, banks, and campgrounds from Texas to Illinois—and into the soul of the US itself.

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Mr. Brush, I don’t wish the women to be any fee to you. I’ll supply them every one a few pocket funds and they’ll pay their very own. you could pay for one, for those who like. ” “But, Mrs. Crofut, I requested them. i would like to pay for them. ” “No, no. i do know larger. All boys your age have relatively a time making ends meet. You shop your cash. ” Brush submitted to this association and shortly he was once continuing down the road in a twitter of younger female voices. His partners walked with an exaggerated primness, waving their hips delicately backward and forward. all of them talked instantly, each one attempting to get his contract to any inspiration that happened to her. every little thing them. They heavily an academic reel depicting the Vale of Cashmere, and one other that confirmed a Boy Scout congress and a teach smash. The President of the rustic spoke a couple of phrases they usually all agreed he was once a really great guy. The primary photograph at the software used to be pathetic, they usually all cried fortunately and generously. Brush’s handkerchief handed from side to side between them. It was once a couple of appealing woman threatened via the hazards that lurk in nice towns. It used to be packed with suspense. the women sitting beside Brush insisted on clinging to him; he came upon himself retaining sizzling convulsed fingers on his knees. while Brush back the women to their domestic every one in flip flung her fingers approximately his neck and published rouge on his cheeks. every one declared she had loved it a great deal and will be anticipating him to come back back. She’d be ready. Brush was once so dizzy with overall healthiness that he used to be obliged to take an extended stroll to calm himself. “It simply is going to teach my favourite thought that the world’s packed with awesome people,” he acknowledged to himself, “if you recognize the place to appear. ” whilst he again to Queenie’s it was once virtually 9 o’clock. The disarray at the scrubbed best ground had started back. The rooms have been billowing with Sunday papers. The tenants sat approximately with their heels above the extent in their heads. They have been in a bitter humor. “Well, baby,” stated Herb, “you had a good time, eh? ” “I definitely did. ” Herb requested an obscene query. It was once taken up and furthered through the others. Brush stared at them in consternation: “You fellows promised to not pull that sort of factor. ” “All grants are off,” stated Herb. Brush stood nonetheless for a second, then dragged his suitcase out of the cabinet and commenced packing. “You’ve had a superb days,” acknowledged Herb, “all instructed. lovely best for you. you were given so cock-eyed under the influence of alcohol on Saturday that you simply puked at the battle Memorial, and on Sunday you raped an entire cat-house. beautiful quickly, child, lovely quickly. ” Brush raised his eyes and checked out him, yet stated not anything. Herb enable him have it back. “That’s no longer true,” acknowledged Brush. “Not precise? What are you aware approximately it? Gad! you’re the best galoot on this planet. You’re so uncomplicated, you stink. ” Kneeling through his suitcase, Brush scarcely raised his eyes. “Were these . . . fallen ladies? ” “Fallen? You couldn’t get’m extra fallen. ” “Herb, you promised there has been no seize in it! ” “All can provide went out with daylight-saving time,” acknowledged Herb, dryly.

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