The Best British Short Stories of 1922

Paperback | August 18, 2009

byJ. Edward O'Brien

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1921. Excerpt: ... there's a hot water-bottle in his bed, you'll say, and in case he's thirsty in the night, you'll tell them to put the whisky by his side." After all, a man does not rise to become Sir William Rumbold by being flabby. Sir William struck the table heavily. Somehow he had to put a period to this mocking harangue. "Martlow," he said, "how many people know you're here?" Tim gave a good imitation of Sir William's gesture. He, too, could strike a table. "Rumbold," he retorted, "what's the value of a secret when it's not a secret? You three in this room know, and not another soul in Calderside." "Not even your mother?" queried Rumbold. "No. I been a bad son to her in the past. I'm a good one now I'm dead. She's got a bit o' pension, and I'll not disturb that. I'll stay dead--to her," he added forcibly, dashing the hope which leapt in Rumbold. "Why have you come here? Here--to-night?" The easy mockery renewed itself in Martlow's voice. "People's ideas of fun vary," he stated. "The fly's idea ain't the same as the spider's. This 'ere is my idea--shaking your hand and sitting cosy with the bloke that's sent me down more times than I can think. And the fun 'ull grow furious when you and I walk arm in arm on to that platform, and you tell them all I'm resurrected." "Like this?" The proper Mr. Fosdike interjected. "Eh?" said Tim. "Like what?" "You can't go on to the platform in those clothes, Martlow. Have you looked in a mirror lately? Do you know what you look like? This is a respectable occasion, man." "Yes," said Tim drily. "It's an occasion for showing respect to me. I'll do as I am, not having had time to go to the tailor's for my dress suit yet." "Martlow," said Sir William briskly, "time's short. I'm due on that platform." "Right, I'm with you." Tim moved towards the platform door. Sir Wi...

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1921. Excerpt: ... there's a hot water-bottle in his bed, you'll say, and in case he's thirsty in the night, you'll tell them to put the whisky by his side." After all, a ma...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:152 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.35 inPublished:August 18, 2009Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217887511

ISBN - 13:9780217887519

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