"Doodle was just about the craziest brother a boy every had"
"It was bad enough having an invalid brother, but having one who possibly was not all there was unbearable"
"Doodle, don't you want to learn to walk?"
This story is set in between the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. At the home of the narrator. The narrator sits thinking about his brother who has passed away.
"It looks tired...Or maybe sick."
A baby is born but is said to die shortly. Three months later the baby is not dead, but still not developed. So the family decides to name him, William Armstrong ("a name that only looks good on a tombstone.") After his brother smiles at him the narrator decides to rename him "Doodle."
Some time and the narrator became embarrassed of having "an invalid brother." The narrator's parents started to make him bring Doodle everywhere with him. Eventually they started to have fun and the narrator realized Doodle wasn't going anywhere so he decided he would begin training Doodle to be normal. The narrator taught Doodle the walk.
One day Doodle had found a bird in a tree and was fascinated by it. The bird was a red ibis and was carried there by a storm. The bird then died and Doodle buried it. Aunt Nicey said dead birds were bad luck.
The narrator took Doodle to the landing and started to finish training Doodle. Sadly Doodle could not handle all of the activity and became weak. The narrator got upset and the boys started going home. It started to rain and the narrator got more and more angry. the storm picked up and the narrator left Doodle behind.
The narrator came to his senses and went back for Doodle. When he got there he was too late and Doodle was already dead.