By Billy Crystal

ISBN-10: 0446578673

ISBN-13: 9780446578677

To aid his kinfolk, Billy Crystal's father, Jack, labored jobs, having just one day per week to spend together with his relatives. in keeping with Crystal's one-man Broadway express of an identical identify, "700 Sundays"--referring unfortunately to the time shared by way of an adoring father and his dedicated son--offers a heartfelt, hilarious memoir. images all through.

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It’s not fair: it’s not right: it’s not kind. What are you going to do about it? OCTAVIUS. But Ann herself has told Jack that whatever his opinions are, he will always be welcome because he knew her dear father. RAMSDEN. [out of patience] That girl’s mad about her duty to her parents. [He starts off like a goaded ox in the direction of John Bright, in whose expression there is no sympathy for him. As he speaks, he fumes down to Herbert Spencer, who receives him still more ACT I 53 coldly] Excuse me, Octavius; but there are limits to social toleration.

I cannot believe that my old friend Whitefield would have shown such a want of confidence in me as to associate me with— [His countenance falls as he reads]. TANNER. It’s all my own doing: that’s the horrible irony of it. He told me one day that you were to be Ann’s guardian; and like a fool I began arguing with him about the folly of leaving a young woman under the control of an old man with obsolete ideas. RAMSDEN. [stupended] My ideas obsolete!!!!! TANNER. Totally. I had just finished an essay called Down with Government by the Greyhaired; and I was full of arguments and illustrations.

This chap’s in love with her: that’s another complication. Well, she’ll either jilt him and say I didn’t approve of him, or marry him and say you ordered her to. I tell you, this is the most staggering blow that has ever fallen on a man of my age and temperament. RAMSDEN. Let me see that will, sir. [He goes to the writing table and picks it up]. I cannot believe that my old friend Whitefield would have shown such a want of confidence in me as to associate me with— [His countenance falls as he reads].

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