This is Charlie Gordon. He is 37 years old, and he's not quite-so average. He dreams of becoming smart.
Charlie, my name is Dr. Strauss. Your teacher, Ms. Kinnian, told me about you. We are doing an operation to make people smarter. Are you willing to do the operation, even if it's temporary?
"All my life I wantid to be smart and not dumb...I dont care if it herts." Pg. 1-2
A few months later...
Charlie, my name is Dr. Nemur. I will be helping you get smarter by giving tests.
"I beat Algernon*...I must be getting smart to beat a smart mouse like Algernon. But I dont feel smarter." Pg. 6
Algernon bit me!
"I've got to try to hold on to some of it. Some of the things I've learned. Oh, God, please don't take it all away." Pg. 19
Charlie, let me in! It's Dr. Strauss...
*Algenon: A mouse that also went under the operation
"I'm going away from New York for good. I dont want to do nothing like that agen. I dont want Miss Kinnian to feel sorry for me. Evry body feels sorry at the factery and I dont want that eather so 1m going someplace where nobody knows that Charlie Gordon was once a genus and now he cant even reed a book or rite good...I dont know why Im dumb agen or what I did wrong maybe its becaus I dint try hard enuff. But if I try and practis very hard maybe Ill get a littl smarter and know what all the words are...Goodbye Miss Kinnian and Dr. Strauss and evreybody." Pg. 22
"Algernon died...my predictions were right...the same thing is or will soon be happening to me. Now that it's definite, I don't want it to happen." Pg. 18