I KNOW A PLUMBER by Polly Curren


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In the wake of a plumbing emergency ""I could not get a drink. My father could not take a shower. My sister could not make the coffee. My mother could not wash the clothes or the dishes."" Upon that thudding definition of roles (and evasion of the most urgent issue), the plumber arrives. Plumber: ""'Hi, I'm Mr. Nolan, the plumber. This is Tom, my helper. What's the trouble?' Then he ran his fingers over it [the pipe] and found a small hole. 'There's a small hole in this pipe,' he said."" . . . ""'If you take this pipe away, the water will pour out on the floor,' I said."" The whole recital sounds rather like the lead-in to a goon show routine and, in any case, Zim and Skelly take a far more exacting look at Pipes and Plumbing Systems (1974) in a text that's only slightly older and far more professional-sounding. Class this with waste material.

Pub Date: Oct. 15th, 1976
Publisher: Putnam