"But sometimes (like right now) I sit in the cool green parlor, and I remember Doodle."
"Daddy had the carpenter build a little coffin, and when he was three months old, Mama and Daddy named him William Armstrong." "When he crawled on the rug, he crawled backward, as if he were in reverse and couldn't change gears. This made him look like a doodlebug, so I began calling him 'Doodle.'" "Daddy built him a cart and I had to pull him around."
"'I'm going to teach you to walk, Doodle'." "There wasn't a sound as Doodle walked slowly across the room and sat down at the table."
"the bird began to flutter. It tumbled down through the bleeding tree and landed at our feet with a thud." "'It's a scarlet ibis,' Daddy said." "Doodle knelt beside the ibis. 'I'm going to bury him.'"
"The faster I walked, the faster he walked, so I began to run." "The rain came, roaring through the pines"
"He was sitting on the ground, his face buried in his arms, which were resting on drawn-up knees." 'He didn't answer so I gently lifted his head. He toppled backward onto the earth. He had been bleeding from the mouth, and his neck and the front of his shirt were stained a brilliant red."