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FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON rIe----- ----,-" ""-"- "- "-"----DANIEL KEYESd)fIealprogris riport l-martch 5 1965J5r. Strauss says I shud rite down what I think and evrey thing thathappins to me from now on. I dont know why but he says its importintso they will see if they will use me. I hope they use me. Miss Kinnian saysmaybe they can make me smart. I want to be smart. My name is CharlieGordon. I am 37 years old and 2 weeks ago was my brithday. I have nuthingmore to rite now so I will close for today.stIsIeIdIn'yinprogris riport 2-martch 6I had a test today. I think I faled it. and I think that maybe now they wontuse me. What happind is a nice young man was in the room and he had somewhite cards with ink spillled all over them. He sed Charlie what do you seeon this card. I was very skared even tho I had my rabits foot in my pockitbecause when I was a kid I always faled tests in school and I spillled ink to.I told him I saw a inkblot. He said yes and it made me feel good. I thotthat was all but when I got up to go he stopped me. He said now sit downCharlie we are not thru yet. Then I dont remember so good but he wan tid meto say what was in the ink. I dint see nuthing in the ink but he said there waspicturs there other pepul saw some picturs. I coudnt see any picturs. I reelytryed to see. I held the card close up and then far away. Then I said if 1 hadmy glases I coud see better I usally only ware my glases in the movies or TVbut 1 said they are in the closh in the hall. I got them. Then I said let me seethat card agen I bet III find it now.I tryed hard but I still coudnt find the picturs I only saw the ink. 1 toldhim maybe 1 need new glases. He rote somthing down on a paper and I gotskared of faling the test. I told him it was a very nice inkblot with littel pointsall around the eges. He looked very sad so that wasnt it. I said please let metry agen. III get it in a few minits becaus 1m not so fast somtimes. 1m a slowreeder too in Miss Kinnians class for slow adults but I'm trying very hard.He gave me a chance with another card that had 2 kinds of ink spilledon it red and blue.He was very nice and talked slow like Miss Kinnian does and he ex planed it to me that it was a raw shok. He said pepul see things in the ink.I said show me where. He said think. I told him I think a inkblot but thatwasnt rite eather. He said what does it remind you-pretend something. 1closd my eyes for a long time to pretend. I told him I pretend a fowntan penwith ink leeking all over a table cloth. Then he got up and went out.1 dont think I passd the raw shok test.)f19t ,/Indprogris report 3-martch 7285Dr Strauss and Dr Nemur say it dont matter about the inkblots. I told themI dint spill the ink on the cards and I coudnt see anything in the ink. They said

286FLOWERSFORALGERNONthat maybe they will still use me. I said Miss Kinnian never gave me tests likethat one only spelling and reading. They said Miss Kinnian told that I was herbestist pupil in the adult nite scool becaus I tryed the hardist and I reelywantid to lern. They said how come you went to the adult nite scool all byyourself Charlie. How did you find it. I said I askd pepul and sumbody toldme where I shud go to lern to read and spell good. They said why did you wantto. I told them becaus all my life I wantid to be smart and not dumb. But itsvery hard to be smart. They said you know it will probly be tempirery. I saidyes. Miss Kinnian told me. I dont care if it herts.Later I had more crazy tests today. The nice lady who gave it me toldme the name and I asked her how do you spellit so I can rite it in my progrisriport. THEMATIC APPERCEPTION TEST. I dont know the frist 2 words but I knowwhat test means. You got to pass it or you get bad marks. This test lookd easybecaus I coud see the picturs. Only this time she dint want me to tell her thepicturs. That mixd me up. I said the man yesterday said I shoud tell him whatI saw in the ink she said that dont make no difrence. She said make up storysabout the pepul in the picturs.I told her how can you tell storys about pepul you never met. I said whyshud I make up lies. I never tell lies any more becaus I always get caut.She told me this test and the other one the raw-shok was for gettingpersonalty. I laffed so hard. I said how can you get that thing from inkblotsand fotos. She got sore and put her picturs away. I dont care. It was siIy. I gessI faled that test too.Later some men in white coats took me to a difernt part of the hospitiland gave me a game to play. It was like a race with a white mouse. They calledthe mouse Algernon. Algernon was in a box with a lot of twists and turns likeall-kinds of walls and they gave me a pencil and a paper with lines and lotsof boxes. On one side it said START and on the other end it said FINISH. Theysaid it was amazed and that Algernon and me had the same amazed to do.I dint see how we could have the same amazed if Algernon had a box and Ihad a paper but I dint say nothing. Anyway there wasnt time because the racestarted.One of the men had a watch he was trying to hide so I woudnt see it soI tryed not to look and that made me nervus.Anyway that test made me feel worser than all the others because theydid it over 10 times with difernt amazeds and Algernon won every time. I dintknow that mice were so smart. Maybe thats because Algernon is a whitemouse. Maybe white mice are smarter then other mice.progris riport 4-Mar 8Their going to use me! 1m so exited I can hardly write. Dr Nemur and DrStrauss had a argament about it first. Dr Nemur was in the office when DrStrauss brot me in. Dr Nemur was worryed about using me but Dr Strausstold him Miss Kinnian rekemmended me the best from all the people who shewas teaching. I like Miss Kinnian becaus shes a very smart teacher. And shesaid Charlie your going to have a second chance. If you volenteer for this

,·\' -t, !,: 1r{(J287DANIELKEYESexperamenl you mite get smart. They dont know if it will be perminint buttheirs a chance. Thats why I said ok even when I was scared because she saidit was an operashun. She said dont be scared Charlie you done so much withso little I think you deserv it most of all.itsiisif{::tsy:r:: 5SIi"SYI'" }yterrseesSo I got scaird when Dr Nemur and Dr Strauss argud about it. Dr Strausssaid I had something that was very good. He said I had a good motor-vation.I never even knew I had that. I felt proud when he said that not every bodywith an eye-q of 68 had that thing. I dont know what it is or where I got itbut he said Algernon had it too. Algernons motor-vation is the cheese they putin his box. But it cant be that because I didnt eat any cheese this week.Then he told Dr Nemur something I dint understand so while they weretalking I wrote down some of the words.He said Dr Nemur I know Charlie is not what you had in mind as thefirst of your new brede of intelek,Hr (coudnt get the word) superman. But mostpeople of his low menr"'* are host d' and uncoop' ' they are usualy dullapath ,'0': and hard to reach. He has a good natcher hes intristed and eager toplease.Dr Nemur said remember he will be the first human beeng ever to havehis intelijence trippled by surgicle meens.Dr Strauss said exakly. Look at how well hes lerned to read and writefor his low mentel age its as grate an acheve H as you and I lerning einstinestherey of **vity without help. That shows the intenss motor-vation. Its com parat** a tremen d' achev d' I say we use Charlie.I dint get all the words and they were talking to fast but it sounded likeDr Strauss was on my side and like the other one wasnt.Then Dr Nemur nodded he said all right maybe your right. We will useCharlie. When he said that I got so exited I jumped up and shook his handfor being so good to me. I told him thank you doc you wont be sorry for givingme a second chance. And I mean it like I told him. After the operashun 1mgonna try to be smart. 1m gonna try awful hard.progris ript 5-Mar 101m skared. Lots of people who work here and the nurses and the people whogave me the tests came to bring me candy and wish me luck. I hope I haveluck. I got my rabits foot and my lucky penny and my horse shoe. Only a blackcat crossed me when I was comming to the hospitil. Dr Strauss says dont besupersitis Charlie this is sience. Anyway 1m keeping my rabits foot with me.I.asked Dr Strauss if III beat Algernon in the race after the operashunand he said maybe. If the operashun works III show that mouse I can be assmart as he is. Maybe smarter. Then III be abel to read better and spell thewords good and know lots of things and be like other people. I want to besmart like other people. If it works perminint they will make everybody smartall over the wurld.They dint give me anything to eat this morning. I dont know what thateating has to do with getting smart. 1m very hungry and Dr Nemur took away

288FLOWERSFORALGERNONmy box of candy. That Dr Nemur is a grouch. Dr Strauss says I can have itback after the operashun. You cant eat befor a operashun .progress report 6-Mar 15The operashun dint hurt. He did it while I was sleeping. They took off thebandijis from my eyes and my head today so I can make a PROGRESS REPORT.Dr Nemur who looked at some of my other ones says I spell PROGRESS wrongand he told me how to spell it and REPORT too. I got to try and remember that.I have a very bad memary for spelling. Dr Strauss says its ok to tell aboutall the things that happin to me but he says I shoud tell more about what Ifeel and what I think. When I told him I dont know how to think he said try.All the time when the bandijis were on my eyes I tryed to think. Nothinghappened. I dont know what to think about. Maybe if I ask him he will tellme how I can think now that 1m suppose to get smart. What do smart peoplethink about. Fancy things I suppose. I wish I knew some fancy things alredy.progress report 7-mar 19Nothing is happining. I had lots of tests and different kinds of races withAlgernon. I hate that mouse. He always beats me. Dr Strauss said I got to playthose games. And he said some time I got to take those tests over again. Thseinkblots are stupid. And those pictures are stupid too. I like to draw a pictureof a man and a woman but I wont make up lies about people.I got a headache from trying to think so much. I that Dr Strauss was myfrend but he dont help me. He dont tell me what to think or when III get smart.Miss Kinnian dint come to see me. I think writing these progress reports arestupid too.progress report 8-Mar 231m going back to work at the factery. They said it was better I shud go backto work but I cant tell anyone what the operashun was for and I have to cometo the hospitil for an hour evry night after work. They are gonna pay me manyevery month for lerning to be smart.1m glad 1m going back to work because I miss my job and all my frendsand all the fun we have there.Dr Strauss says I shud keep writing things down but I dont have to doit every day just when I think of something or something speshul happins. Hesays dont get discoridged because it takes time and it happins slow. He saysit took a long time with Algernon before he got 3 times smarter then he wasbefore. Thats why Algernon beats me all the time because he had that opera·shun too. That makes me feel better. I coud probly do that amazed faster thana reglar mouse. Maybe some day III beat Algernon. Boy that would be some·thing. So far Algernon looks like he mite be smart perminent.Mar 25 (I dont have to write PROGRESSon top any more just whenI hand it in once a week for Dr Nemur to read. I just have to put the date on.That saves time)REPORT

289e itDANIELKEYESthe'RT.mglat.)utl.t SIS1 n).'We had a lot of fun at the factery today. Joe Carp said hey look whereCharlie had his operashun what did they do Charlie put some brains in. I wasgoing to tell him but I remembered Dr Strauss said no. Then Frank Reilly saidwhat did you do Charlie forget your key and open your door the hard way.That made me laft. Their really my friends and they like me.Sometimes somebody will say hey look at Joe or Frank or George hereally pulled a Charlie Gordon. I dont know why they say that but they alwayslaft. This morning Amos Borg who is the 4 man at Donnegans used my namewhen he shouted at Ernie the office boy. Ernie lost a packige. He said Erniefor god sake what are you trying to be a Charlie Gordon. I dont understandwhy he said that. I never lost any packiges.Mar 28 Dr Strauss came to my room tonight to see why I dint come in likeI was suppose to. I told him I dont like to race with Algernon any more. Hesaid I dont have to for a while but I shud come in. He had a present for meonly it wasnt a present but just for lend. I that it was a little television but itwasnt. He said I got to turn it on when I go to sleep. I said your kidding whyshud I turn it on when 1m going to sleep. Who ever herd of a thing like that.But he said if I want to get smart I got to do what he says. I told him I dintthink I was going to get smart and he put his hand on my sholder and saidCharlie you dont know it yet but your getting smarter all the time. You wontnotice for a while. I think he was just being nice to make me feel good becauseI dont look any smarter.Oh yes I almost forgot. I asked him when I can go back to the class atMiss Kinnians school. He said I wont go their. He said that soon Miss Kinnianwill come to the hospitil to start and teach me speshul. I was mad at her fornot comming to see me when I got the operashun but I like her so maybe wewill be frends again .Mar 29 That crazy TV kept me up all night. How can I sleep with somethingyelling crazy things all night in my ears. And the nutty pictures. Wow. I dontknow what it says when 1m up so how am I going to know when 1m sleeping.Dr Strauss says its ok. He says my brains are leming when I sleep andthat will help me when Miss Kinnian starts my lessons in the hospitl (only Ifound out it isnt a hospitil its a labatory). I think