"My name is Charlie Gordon. I am 37 years old and I have to take a test today! I really want to be smart..."
"It's true, Charlie. You're already a better reader than I am. You can read a whole page at a glance while I can take in a few lines at a time!"
"I guess the same thing is or will be happening to me. Now that it's definite, I don't want it to happen. I put Algernon's body in a cheese box and buried him in the backyard. I cried."
37 year old Charlie Gordon has been chosen for an experimental surgery to raise his IQ. Scientists Dr. Nemur and Dr. Strauss have already tested this on a mouse named Algernon. It worked for him, and therefore, they are positive that it will work for Charlie as well.
"Why can't I remember? I've got to fight. I lie in bed for days and I don't know who or where I am."
Charlie has successfully completed the operation, and his intelligence is skyrocketing. He even seems to be doing better than his teacher, Ms.Kinnian.
Algernon dies after the experiment takes the wrong turn. Charlie is depressed and is worried that this occurence will happen to him too.
"Flowers For Algernon"
Charlie's intelligence is already decreasing and he seems to be forgetting things more often. Now he has to cope with Algernon's death as well as trying to regain his intelligence.
Charlie accepts the fate that he will return to his original state. He decides to leave New York for good to avoid people from pitying him. However, he promises that he will still practice and try hard to regain his smartness.
"Goodbye Ms. Kinnian, Dr.Strauss, and everybody. If you get a chance, please put some flowers on Algernon's grave..."