-->There was a crooked man, and he walked a crooked mile.\\
He found a crooked sixpence against a crooked stile.\\
He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse,\\
And they all lived together in a little crooked house.
--->'''There Was A Crooked Man'''

''—And He Built a Crooked House—'' is a short story by Creator/RobertAHeinlein, first published in 1941.

Quintus Teal is an architect always looking for the next big thing in design. While having a friendly conversation with his friend, Homer Bailey, Teal dreams about building a house that utilizes a fourth dimension. When he admits that this is currently impossible, he still thinks that the preliminary steps toward it could be a great new design type and he persuades Bailey to let him build a new house for him as an unfolded tesseract. When it is completed, he proudly takes Bailey and his wife to view the innovative new home. However, a small earthquake during the night has made the impossible a reality, and unfortunately, Teal and the Baileys become trapped in the middle of his architectural masterpiece.

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!!This short story provides examples of:

* AlienGeometries
* AuthorAvatar: Heinlein makes a brief allusion to himself as the "Hermit of Hollywood" who lives across the street from Teal.
* BiggerOnTheInside: The house after it folds into a tesseract.
* {{Bizarrchitecture}} - The tesseract house after it folds in on itself.
* {{Fainting}}: Mrs. Bailey repeatedly does the Emotional Faint variety throughout the story.
* GoingInCircles: Teal winds up chasing himself around the entire tesseract several times before retrieving his own dropped hat and realizing what's happened.
* HenpeckedHusband: Bailey shows signs of this as his wife can be quite shrewish. However, given the events of the story, her dislike of Teal may be well placed.
* HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace
* INeedAFreakingDrink: When Teal hands Bailey a shot of liquor to help revive his wife, he downs it himself.
* ImpossiblyCompactFolding: The tesseract.
* LiteraryAllusionTitle: To the nursery rhyme ''There Was A Crooked Man.''
* NothingIsScarier: "Teal lifted the blind a few inches. He saw nothing, and raised it a little more — still nothing. Slowly he raised it until the window was fully exposed. They gazed out at — nothing. Nothing, nothing at all. What color is nothing? Don't be silly! What shape is it? Shape is an attribute of something. It had neither depth nor form. It had not even blackness. It was nothing."
* OnlyInAmerica: The introduction to the story is the perfect explanation of this trope (see trope page for the quote).
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