He studied spiders for a year before he wrote his book. Thanks to Peter Neumeyer, and his not-to-be-missed The Annotated Charlotte's Web , we can see many of White's notes and thoughts. White, we can learn about the process of creating the beloved book. His stepson tells us what he was like at the end: . He was the same, still lithe and only a bit slower, and one evening in August, 1984, when he came for dinner he complained that he'd knocked his head the day before while unloading a canoe from the roof rack of his car, over at Walker Pond; now he was having trouble knowing exactly where he was or what was happening around him.
"Yes, that happens sometimes, doesn't it?" we assured him. A couple of months later, after we'd left, he took to his bed and never again knew exactly where he was. It looked like a rapid onset of Alzheimer's, but more likely, the doctors thought, was a senile dementia brought on by the blow to his head that day. Nurses and practical nurses and other local ladies were hired, round the clock, who took extraordinary care of him. My brother managed it all, and somehow managed his own life as well. When I came up for a visit, early in the winter, Joe said that Andy would know me but that our conversation would be interesting. I walked in and found him restless in his bed and amazingly frail. His eyes lit up and he said my name in the old way: "Rog!" He wanted to know how I'd come from New York and I said that Henry Allen had picked me up at the Bangor airport.
He didn't seem troubled when I said no, and after a moment murmured, "Lost in the clouds." He died the next October, still at home and able to recognize the people around him. Joe told me that in that long year he'd read aloud to his father often, and discovered that he enjoyed listening to his own writings, though he wasn't always clear about who the author was. Sometimes he'd raise a hand and impatiently wave a passage away: not good enough. Other evenings, he'd listen to the end, almost at rest, and then ask again who'd written these words. There was a pause, and Andy said, "Well, not bad." (See Let Me Finish , by Roger Angell, pages 136-7.) Charlotte left a legacy: Her spiderlings—and generations more—who continue to live in the North Brooklin barn. Andy White left a legacy, too: His books which continue to inspire generations of children and adults. The end of White's life brings to mind the words he wrote about the Death of a Pig : At intervals during the last day I took cool fresh water down to him and at such times as he found the strength to get to his feet he would stand with head in the pail and snuffle his snout around. He drank a few sips but no more; yet it seemed to comfort him to dip his nose in water and bobble it about, sucking in and blowing out through his teeth. Much of the time, now, he lay indoors half buried in sawdust. Once, near the last, while I was attending him I saw him try to make a bed for himself but he lacked the strength, and when he set his snout into the dust he was unable to plow even the little furrow he needed to lie down in. White, Death of a Pig .) Who can say whether losing his real pig caused White to write a story about a spider who helps a fictional pig to live? But perhaps, after all, Charlotte's Web was a way for White to give his lost pig a different ending. Monday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM Thursday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM Friday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM Saturday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM Sunday: 12:00 – 5:00 PM. Save the trip, and save some money by shopping online at Smoke Cartel - the #1 Online Headshop & Vape Store. Good for people who want vape supplies, but not all the vaping "culture" associated with it. Reward system is nice, and frequently running deals on e-juice. Employee turnover is low, and they all know all the products inside-out. I bought a 100ml bottle of ejuice that had 0mg nic because that's all they had and they charged me $3 to add nicotine bringing the total to $32. They didn't even tell me they were going to charge me for the nicotine. This place has the highest prices in town on ejuice and hardware. Bought a vape on Monday, it was leaking slightly on Tuesday, and now on Wednesday I am unable to open my Vape at all. I went to the store and met with Shawn (The owner), he attempted to get it open as well but it was busted. He was happy to swap out the broken part for me and really helped me out.
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