"Listen Nick, I'll tell you what I said when she was born. Would you like to hear?"
"It will show you how I've gotten to feel about- things. Well, she was less than an hour old an Tom was God knows where. I woke up out of the ether with an utterly abandoned feeling, and asked the nurse right away if it was a boy or a girl."
"She told me it was a girl, and so I turned my head away and wept. 'All right,' I said, 'I'm glad it's a girl. And I hope she'll be a fool- that's the best thing you can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.'