“And I am a great businessman,” Zeppo said, really swinging the ladder. “You got that right. And funny. Say, did you know I catered my own wedding?”
“How’d that come off?” Carl said.
“I am pleased to say without a hitch,” Zeppo said. “Served animal crackers and duck soup. Didn’t last. She was Daffy. Oh, I get enough of that at home.”
“I understand,” said Carl. “Most marriages end in the home.”
“You can say that again, doctor,” Zeppo said.
“I said, ‘Most marriages end in the home,’” said Carl, glad to be of service. Zeppo was such a nice man. People tended to fall all over themselves. It was a concern. Even now.
“It was then I sent you that letter,” said Zeppo. “Requesting our meeting.”
“It was a strange thing,” Carl said. “An opening and a closing without the part in the middle.”
“I didn’t think that was wholly necessary,” Zeppo said. “Ipso Facto. Superfluous, as my brother Harpo might say. So I cut it all out. Swept it under a rug.”
“Well it really left me,” Carl said, “hanging.”
“Sorry doc,” Zeppo said. “Vaudevillian’s curse.”
Carl thought there must be a better way to enter and exit a Zeppelin, and someone would surely cash in on that in the future. However, upwards. To the inner Zeppelin. The guts of the thing.