Wednesday, 8 February 2012

The suspense was unbearable

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In 1965, a popular British comic by the name of "Eagle" published the following dramatic letter from an an avid young reader. In fact, that 12-year-old boy was Douglas Adams, future author of, most notably, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and this very short story was his first published work.

(Source: The Salmon of Doubt; Image: Douglas Adams.)

January 23, 1965

Dear Editor,

The sweat was dripping down my face and into my lap, making my clothes very wet and sticky. I sat there, walking, watching. I was trembling violently as I sat, looking at the small slot, waiting—ever waiting. My nails dug into my flesh as I clenched my hands. I passed my arm over my hot, wet face, down which sweat was pouring. The suspense was unbearable. I bit my lip in an attempt to stop trembling with the terrible burden of anxiety. Suddenly, the slot opened and in dropped the mail. I grabbed at my Eagle and ripped off the wrapping paper.

My ordeal was over for another week!

D. N. Adams (12)
Brentwood, Essex