George Washington Slept Here
Written by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman
This story chronicles the trials and tribulations of Newton Fuller who craves —and gets— “a little place in the country to call his own.” Newton and his wife, Annabell, and their daughter, Madge, are hypnotized into taking over a windowless, waterless, almost roofless houses. The ensuing troubles may be summed up by a search for water, a quarrel with a neighbour who owns not only the brook but the very road that leads from the highway to the house, the attempted elopement of the daughter with an actor, and the usual invasion of the weekend guests, including the prodigal uncle who is assumed to be rich but turns out to be just another bankrupt. It is discovered that the neighbour really doesn’t own Newton’s roadway, and that Newton’s wife, who began by showing disgust over her husband’s idiocy in wanting to live in the country, decides that he was right all along.