When we were boys, our mother, because of a shortage of living space, built for me and my five brothers -- Nortie, Matthias, Jack, Kenneth, and Lloyd -- a big, beautiful, sextuple-decker bunk bed.
I can't remember who was in what bunk, exactly, but I do remember that the third healthiest among us, to get to his bunk, had to climb past the fourth most charming; the healthiest had to climb past the second slowest; the least charming had to climb past Nortie; the second most handsome had to climb past the sickliest; the fourth swiftest had to climb past the second swiftest; Jack had to climb past the slowest; the least charming had to climb past the sickliest; and the slowest had to climb past Matthias.
We would often stay up late gabbing -- about bugs, shoes, sports, the other kids at school. Sometimes we gossiped about one another -- but then quietly, and only to the brother in an adjacent bunk. I remember Jack and the sickliest would often gossip, as would the ugliest and the second least charming. The second most charming would gossip with the second ugliest in one direction, and with the second healthiest in the other. The fourth cleverest gossiped with the swiftest and, in the other direction, with Jack. The least charming gossiped with the sickliest and with the second sickliest. The second least charming would gossip with the handsomest and, in the other direction, with the least clever. The second most charming gossiped with Kenneth and, on the other side, with the third swiftest. The fifth swiftest gossiped with the most charming and, in the other direction, with Jack. Lloyd gossiped with me and, in the other direction, the second healthiest. The third cleverest gossiped with Matthias on one side and with the fourth swiftest on the other. And the second slowest could often be heard whispering till all hours, sometimes to the least charming and sometimes, in the other direction, to the cleverest.
Let's see, what else can I recall? Jack was the third swiftest. The second cleverest was the fourth healthiest. The fourth handsomest was in the bottom bunk ...
It's funny, isn't it, the things you remember!
Maybe you can tell me: Who was the handsomest, and what bunk did they sleep in?