When a man commutes

Paperback | July 8, 2012

byAlan Dale

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ...of catching your train. It is frequently very embarrassing. You have been winning heavily at bridge, and the others are none too agreeable. They speak frankly of your disgusting luck, and they murmur little sarcastic things--the sort of things that grow so luxuriantly on the bridge field. Your score is a big one, and at any other time, you would be immensely proud of it. You have made a couple of grand slams, and you really could do no wrong. Your opponents announce desperately that this time they are going to show you that they can do things, and that mere luck is not everything. Oh, it is never your good play; it is your despicable luck. At that very moment, you look nonchalantly at your watch. It occurs to you with hateful and insidious persistence that you have just time to catch your last train, if you rush. "I'm awfully sorry," you say pleasantly, but timidly. "You know I'm a commuter, and though I should love to give you your revenge, I really must go. You will excuse me, I am sure. I have had such a lovely time." They know that. They are sure of that. They can see the score! Oh, yes, they are quite certain that you have had a lovely time. It is no mere figure of speech. They glare. Horrible remarks are on the tips of their tongues. You realize that they would insult you, if they were not so well-bred. Your host says a few words in which he endeavours to conceal his feelings. He mutters something about the pity of breaking up the game, and so forth. But there you are carrying off all the spoils, and leaving the game at the critical moment. One or two of the guests will perhaps smile cynically, and an occasional epigram on the subject of commuters' bridge trips lightly from a caustic tongue. You really loathe yourself, and are filled with...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ...of catching your train. It is frequently very embarrassing. You have been winning heavily at bridge, and the others are...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:28 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.06 inPublished:July 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217147003

ISBN - 13:9780217147002

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