If you were sent a few drops of the Fountain of Youth, what would you do? In "Dr. Heidigger’s Experiment", a short story by early American master Nathaniel Hawthorne, a group of "worried" and "woeful" old people are convened by the eccentric Dr. Heidigger and given the opportunity to find out.
In a slightly ironic and grandiloquent style, performer Jack Benson introduces the listener to Hawthorne’s comic gaggle of the grizzled, including the faded beauty, the retired libertine, and the failed politician. The question becomes: if you were returned to youth, would you do it any differently than you did it the first time?
©1837 public domain; (P)1980 Jimcin Recordings
I think the old doctor had a pretty good idea how his subjects would behave during his experiment and greatly enjoyed this short story. Gives new meaning to the phrase, "Don't drink the water." LOL
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