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And as a matter of fact, it did cheer him up for a minute. "That's right," he said to himself. " His face relaxed a little. But the worry, the thoughtfulness, played on it still, the way shadows play on a face which is staring into the fire. But I thought I'd never hear the end of that piano. At first, Isabel would write me, saying how nice it was that Sonny was so serious about his music and how, as soon as he came in from school, or wherever he had been 46 " S O N N Y ' S BLUES when he was supposed to be at school, he went straight to that piano and stayed there until suppertime.

No," he said, very sober now, and afraid, perhaps, that he'd hurt me, "I don't want to be a classical pianist. That isn't what interests me. " He stopped. "I want to play jazz," he said. Well, the word had never before sounded as heavy, as real, as it sounded that afternoon in Sonny's mouth. I just looked at him and I was probably frowning a real frown by this time. I simply couldn't see why on earth he'd want to spend his time hanging around nightclubs, clowning around on bandstands, while people pushed each other around a dance floor.

I left the Benderskys with a twenty-five rouble advance. That night our crowd at Peski got as drunk as a flock of drugged geese. Between drinks we spooned up the best caviar, and then changed over to liver sausage. Halfsoused, I began to berate Tolstoy. "He turned yellow, your Count; he was afraid. His religion was all fear. " "Go on, go on," Kazantsev urged, swaying his birdlike head. We fell asleep on the floor beside our beds. I dreamed of Katya, a fortyyear-old washerwoman who lived a floor below us.

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