Gertrude Stein’s Hiccoughs

During my 15-day vacation from this blog, I took several loads to the local Re-Use store. The hard part is coming home with less than I donate. On the bookshelf there I came across The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, and found a passage concerning a description of an incident in which Gertrude Stein had a spell of hiccoughs that were uncontrollable.  Upon learning of this situation, the old Italian cook  sadly returned to the kitchen, from which came a loud crash of breaking pottery.   The cook came running in, saying, “I was so upset because the signora had the hiccoughs that I broke the black plate that the signora so carefully brought from Rome.”  Gertrude Stein began to swear and the hiccoughs stopped. The cook then said, “Oh no I did not break the beautiful plate, I just made the noise of it and then I said I did it to make the signora stop hiccoughing.” (p 107)

About Nan Mykel

At 79, I was just about to stop keeping a journal, but that felt like accepting that growth was finished. I don't want to be finished, yet! I'm 80 now, and struggling to communicate with you, if you'll come and set awhile. P.S. My how time flies! I'm 82 now.
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2 Responses to Gertrude Stein’s Hiccoughs

  1. Sallie Carpentier says:

    this is hilarious!


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