"How do you start the letter?" asks Melonis.
"Dear Friends" says Ed. They discuss the salutation and agree on Dear Eleanor.
"What next?" asks Melonis.
"That's enough. Love, Ed."
Melonis suggests a slightly longer note. She asks him what he will spend the money on. "I have no idea," he says.
An onlooker suggests this sentence: "I plan to spend every cent of it on beer."
Ed thinks that is wonderful—"Yes, yes," he chortles—but Melonis has reservations. "How about magazines?" she says.
"Well, O.K.," says Ed, not thrilled with the alternative.
He labors. He fails. He succeeds. Working on his speech and memory, Ed tries to identify a flashlight, a watch, scissors, toothpaste, pencils. He hits and misses.