Being a Public Character

by Don Marquis

Public characters

IN LITERATURE—and particularly in storytelling—there is a time-honored tradition of telling a tale in a critter’s voice. This week’s story is reminiscent of Mark Twain in its flavor and Rudyard Kipling in the point of view. People in our generation will remember Don Marquis for his memorable characters Archy and Mehitabel. Remember Archy the cockroach, who typed poems on Marquis’ typewriter each night, which were all in lowercase because he couldn’t operate the shift key? Yeah, so this is that same author. Enjoy!

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