The day after the assassination, Ms. House brought her own television set to school. Arranging its large rabbit ears until the picture came in clearly, she showed everyone the soldiers transporting the President to Arlington. They carried his corpse in a horse-drawn wagon. The horses, snowy white, were mythical looking. A flag was draped over the coffin. People in mourning lined the avenues for miles. The dead president lay in state in the rotunda. The First Lady shrouded in black, her little boy wore shorts in winter.