The Way up to Heaven

"The Way Up to Heaven" is a macabre short story by Roald Dahl. It was originally published in The New Yorker,[1] as were some of the other short stories that would later be reprinted in the 1960 collection Kiss Kiss.

Year Published:
1954
Author:
Roald Dahl

Mr and Mrs Foster are a mature, wealthy married couple living in New York. Mrs Foster has recently begun to suspect her husband of purposely exacerbating her pathological fear of missing a train or plane. She is continuously badgered by her husband, Eugene, who makes a habit of waiting to leave the house until after the proverbial last second has already passed.

Mrs Foster is preparing for a six-week trip to Paris (after weeks of persuading her husband to let her go), where their daughter and her family (including three grandchildren that she has never yet met) reside. After letting his wife wait anxiously for some time, Mr Foster finally gets into the car with her. As they are driven to the airport, Mrs Foster finds that despite being far behind schedule, her flight is temporarily postponed until the next day due to a thick fog. Mrs Foster decides to get a room near the airport for the night, but her husband insists that she come home.

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