“The graves registration people put him in a mattress cover Service Battery had used that morning to bring up bread in. It shocked us. I remember, but we found out later that was the standard way to do it: s.o.p., it was called, standard operating procedure. There were a lot of little trick names and initials for things those days.”
—Hughes Rudd, from “A Bankrupt.” Illustration: George Thompson.
“The thing about burial is that unless you can convince the earth to do the work of decomposition for you, what’s put underground usually stays there.”