Doorman, Heir.... Murderer?
Alexander (Sandy) McSouthers
Opening Doors. Not my thing, but I do it anyways.
Key Passage #1
"Okay, let's see. Once, long ago in the olden days, there was this soothsayer who predicted the day of his own death. That ay came, and the soothsayer waited to die, and waited some more, but nothing happened. He was so surprised and so happy to be alive that he laughed and laughed. Then, at one minute to midnight, he suddenly died. He died laughing."
"He died laughing," Turtle repeated thoughtfully. "That's profound, Sandy. That's very profound."
My Reason For Key Passage #1
I Like To Be Goofy!
When I'm Sandy McSothers I'm this goofy, funny, storytelling doorman. I'm also Turtle Wexler's best friend.
I'm Coming For You Crow!
Beware, Crow! You will be punished!
I was fired from the Westing Paper Mill by my myself and I. Barney Northrup also fired me! What did I do to deserve this?
I Like To Be Goofy!
Key Passage #2
“The window wasn’t open,” Turtle said, wiping her nose. “Besides, Westing would have heard the buzzing and jumped out of bed.”
Doug had an idea. “Maybe the murderer injected bee venom in his veins.”
Otis Amber flung his arms in the air. “Whoever said Sam Westing was allergic to bees?” Doug tried again. “How about snake venom? Or poison? Doctors know lots of poisons that make it look like heart attacks.”
Turtle almost kicked Doug, track meet or not. Her father was a doctor. She would not have minded if he had said “interns.”
“I once heard about a murderer who stabbed his victim with an icicle,” the doorman said. “It melted leaving no trace of a murder weapon.”
“That’s a good one,” Turtle exclaimed appreciatively.
Sandy had more. “Then there was a Roman who choked on a single goat hair someone put in his milk. And there was the Greek poet who was killed when an eagle dropped a tortoise on his bald head.”
“Maybe Westing was just sleeping until Turtle stumbled and fell on his head,” Doug suggested. “That’s not funny, Doug Hoo.” How could she ever have had a crush on that disgusting jerk?
Reason For Key Passage #2
My Internal Conflict
Kelli Giuliani playing Sandy McSouthers in 5B