By Jack Finney
Approximately Time bargains a pleasant go back to the area of time trip and light-weight comedy that special Jack Finney's all-time vintage repeatedly. The protagonists of those twelve tales are well-meaning yet at odds with their atmosphere and their lives. The time to which they escape—through time travel—doesn't regularly satisfy their expectancies within the approach that they had was hoping, yet occasionally, they could nonetheless locate their goals.
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37 ⅐ ‘‘Ooh, you’re good,’’ he said, smiling at me. ’’ ‘‘He’s been here before,’’ she told me. ’’ Mr. Santana had an abnormal EKG. ’’ he said, cheerfully rubbing his chest. ’’ He ticked them off on his thin brown ﬁngers. ’’ ‘‘Yes,’’ he said. ‘‘And this hospital saved my life. ’’ He looked pleased. ‘‘Mr. Santana, I need to go look at your chart. ’’ ‘‘I understand. You’re young, you need to learn. I remember when I was your age. ’’ He held his cupped palm out for inspection. I looked at it for an instant, then turned to leave, but he stopped me.
Then the yellow rubber band on the arm, the vein rising up blue for the needle, and the needle going in, a little ball of clear ﬂuid at the tip, then the band released and the plunger easing down. It had been dark in the room, Tony said in his statement. I came home to change, gave him some Vistaril for his migraine, and then I left. Another night on call, X rays and blood to be gathered, cases to be learned and presented in the morning. Lying in the bunks of the call room with the others, looking up at the ⅐ 28 ⅐ ceiling.
Something was happening. Stepping up to him, I put my stethoscope against his chest. Each mechanical breath ﬁlled his right lung, with a faint whooshing sound, like feathers brushed across a rough surface. His left lung, though, was nearly silent. As I listened the surgery resident opened the IV ﬂuids wide, squeezing the bags in his hands to increase the ﬂow. ‘‘Let’s get a chest X ray,’’ I said. ’’ ⅐ 49 ⅐ We spent a few anxious moments, watching his blood pressure, waiting for the ﬁlm to be developed.
About Time: 12 Short Stories by Jack Finney