Another strange story. Freezing, a man begs for a bucket of coal from the coal dealer. He rides the air in his coal bucket. The coal merchant’s wife either sees him and hears his pleas or she doesn’t. Discouraged, he rides off into the empyrean on his coal bucket. Strange. A nightmare?
Fifty Great European Short Stories. Ed. Edward and Elizabeth Huberman. New York: Bantam Books. 1971.