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THE DICKSONS

 

   "I could hardly eat my breakfast," Uncle Sidney told me afterwards. "Your father scrambled the eggs with an ice pick      that he killed a mouse with."
   "Didn't he wash it first?" I asked.
   "Yes, but that's not the point," Uncle Sidney replied with an expression of disgust.
   In the asparagus season he limited himself to six unbuttered spears on a cold dish; in the corn season he had an extra glass of cold water to immerse the ears in and bring them to a more comfortable temperature for eating. Another culinary peculiarity was his ingenious method of making gravy by pouring boiling   water over a roast beef before carving it. "Gravy's mostly water anyway," he would say as he applied the hot liquid to the sizzling meat, "and people are always wanting more than there is."
   In spite of all this, he was very fussy about buying his roasts     and often went to the butcher shop personally to be sure he got      a good one. He dealt with a market in Waltham, and one day the butcher tried to sell him a piece of meat that he considered in-  ferior and he told the butcher so.
   "That's the best piece of roast beef in Middlesex County,"        the butcher said firmly.
   "God save Middlesex County," said my father and he turned   and walked out never to return.
   On the whole, he took such good care of himself that he     almost never needed medical attention, but once he was bedrid- den for the better part of two weeks, having fallen off the roof       of a shed and breaking a blood vessel in his hip. Dr. Van Nuys came and treated him. When my mother got home a little later     she assumed that no doctor had seen him and that he planned

 

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