under the influence Author:w.e.butterworth The first time Allan Corelli met Keith Steven, they were both thrown off the football team. The two boys had been drawn into a fight neither felt responsible for, they became friends on the spot. — Both were new to Stockton High School. Keith had transferred from a private prep school in New England, and Al had moved from industrial Newark, New J... more »ersey, when his father was made Chief of Police of the suburban town. Keith's father had died suddenly of a heart attack the previous summer, and Al sometimes though that was what had made Keith behave so strangely sometimes -- and drink so much.
The few beers Keith drank the afternoon they got kicked off the team seemed natural to Al--after all, who wouldn't? But then, a few days later, Al found himself pulling Keith out of another fight, this time at a birthday party at the local country club. Somehow things like that always seemed to "just happen" to Keith.
After the party, Keith drove his silver Mercedes off "for a little Chinese food." The next time Al saw Keith, he was in a hospital, his leg in a cast and his head bandaged. Again, it hadn't been Keith's fault. The other driver was drunk and had run through a stop sign-- but Al was certain that Keith had been drinking, too.« less