Isaac Kornfeld, a learned rabbi, has hanged himself in a park. His old friend pays a condolence call upon a bereaved wife. And he is shocked to find her cold, unforgiving, as she tells the story of her husband's great struggle between the flowering nymph of his passions and the book-laden old Jew of his soul.
"Envy, or Yiddish in America"
Ostrover the Story Teller is the only Yiddish writer in America whose work is regularly translated and published. Edelshtein the Poet seethes with jealousy. If he, Edelshtein, had a translator, he'd be famous too! Tongueless in America, imprisoned in Yiddish, Edelshtein plots and yearns and staggers through the snows of Manhattan, looking for a translator to save him from his fate.