Parnassus on Wheels

By Christopher Morley

Parnassus on Wheels is a singular by way of Christopher Morley, released in 1917. The Parnassus of the name refers back to the mountain that used to be the house of the Muses in Greek mythology. within the tale, Roger Mifflin sells his touring bookstore to Helen McGill, who tires of taking care of Andrew, her in poor health brother. Christopher Morley later endured the tale of Roger Mifflin in his 1919 novel The Haunted Bookshop.

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Bankruptcy Six * I had a curious feeling of misunderstanding whilst I woke the subsequent morning. The naked room with the red-and-blue rag carpet and eco-friendly china rest room set used to be totally unusual. within the corridor open air I heard a clock strike. "Heavens! " i assumed, "I've overslept myself approximately hours. What in the world will Andrew do for breakfast? " after which as I ran to shut the window I observed the blue Parnassus with its startling crimson letters status within the backyard. immediately I remembered. And discreetly peeping from at the back of the window coloration I observed that the Professor, armed with a tin of paint, was once blotting out his personal identify at the part of the van, obviously desiring to replacement mine. That used to be whatever I had no longer considered. despite the fact that, i would besides make the simplest of it. I dressed swiftly, repacked my bag, and moved quickly downstairs for breakfast. The lengthy desk used to be approximately empty, yet one or males sitting on the different finish eyed me interestingly. during the window i may see my identify in huge, purple letters, starting to be at the part of the van, because the Professor diligently wielded his brush. And whilst I had accomplished my espresso and beans and bacon i realized with a few enjoyment that the Professor had painted out the road approximately Shakespeare, Charles Lamb, etc, and had substituted new lettering. The signal now learn: H. MCGILL'S vacationing PARNASSUS reliable BOOKS on the market prepare dinner BOOKS A distinctiveness INQUIRE inside of obviously he distrusted my familiarity with the classics. I paid my invoice on the table, and was once cautious additionally to pay the cost for placing up the pony and van in a single day. Then I strolled into the sturdy backyard, the place i discovered Mr. Mifflin relating to his handiwork with delight. He had freshened up all of the purple lettering, which shone brilliantly within the morning sun. "Good-morning," I acknowledged. He again it. "There! " he cried—"Parnassus is basically yours! the entire international lies earlier than you! and i have bought a few extra money for you. I bought a few books final evening. I persuaded the resort keeper to shop for a number of volumes of O. Henry for his smoking-room shelf, and that i bought the 'Waldorf prepare dinner ebook' to the cook dinner. My! wasn't her espresso lousy? i'm hoping the cook dinner ebook will greater it. " He passed me limp debts and a handful of small switch. I took it gravely and placed it in my handbag. This was once particularly no longer bad—more than ten funds in under twenty-four hours. "Parnassus appears a gold mine," I acknowledged. "Which means do you think that you will pass? " he requested. "Well, as i do know you must get to Port energy i'd simply in addition offer you a boost that way," I spoke back. "Good! i used to be hoping you'll say that. They inform me the level for Port energy does not go away until midday, and that i imagine it is going to kill me to hang out the following all morning without books to promote. as soon as i am getting at the educate i will be very well. " Bock used to be tied up in a nook of the backyard, lower than the aspect door of the lodge. I went over to unencumber him whereas the Professor used to be placing Peg into harness. As I stooped to unfasten the chain from his collar I heard a few one speaking throughout the mobile. The inn foyer was once simply over my head, and the window used to be open.

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