By Christopher Morley
The faults of the composition are undeniable to you all. i started in basic terms within the desire of claiming whatever additional of the adventures of ROGER MIFFLIN, whose exploits in Parnassus on Wheels a few of you've been style adequate to applaud. yet then got here pass over Titania Chapman, and my younger advertisements guy fell in love along with her, and the 2 of them relatively ran.away with the story. i feel I should still clarify that the passage in bankruptcy VIII, facing the pleasant expertise of Mr. Sidney Drew, used to be written sooner than the lamented loss of life of that fascinating artist. yet because it was once a honest tribute, truly intended, i've got visible no reason behind removal it. Chapters I, II, III, and VI seemed initially within the Bookman, and to the editor of that admirable journal I owe thank you for his permission to reprint.
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He grunted, and the others took him one on both sides and supported him. Leary’s guy ran contained in the shop and opened the little door of the freight elevator in the back of the store. during this method, averting become aware of keep via a couple of book-prowlers, Aubrey was once carted into the store as if he were a parcel of second-hand books. Mr. Warner greeted them behind the store, a bit shocked, yet light as ever. “What’s improper? ” he stated. “Oh, we’ve been battling over a duplicate of Tooke’s Pantheon,” acknowledged Roger. They led Aubrey into the little deepest workplace on the rear. right here they made him take a seat in a chair and bathed his bleeding head with chilly water. Philip Warner, regularly ingenious, produced a few surgical plaster. Roger desired to mobilephone for a physician. “Not in your life,” stated Aubrey, pulling himself jointly. “See right here, Mr. Mifflin, don’t flatter your self you gave me this minimize at the cranium. I acquired that the opposite night on Brooklyn Bridge, going domestic out of your damned bookstall. Now for those who and that i may be on my own for a couple of minutes, we’ve obtained to have a conversation. ” bankruptcy XIV THE “CROMWELL” MAKES ITS final visual appeal “You utter idiot,” acknowledged Roger, part an hour later. “Why didn’t you inform me all this ? solid Lord, guy, there’s a few devil’s paintings happening! ” “How the deuce used to be I to understand you knew not anything approximately it? ” acknowledged Aubrey impatiently. “You’ll supply every thing pointed opposed to you? while I observed that man pass into the store along with his personal key, what may well i feel yet that you just have been in league with him? Gracious, guy, are you so befuddled on your previous books that you simply don’t see what’s occurring around you? ” “What time did you assert that was once? ” stated Roger presently. “One o’clock Sunday morning. ” Roger concept a minute. “Yes, i used to be within the cellar with Bock,” he stated. “Bock barked, and that i notion it was once rats. That fellow should have taken an impact of the lock and made himself a key. He’s been within the store 1000s of instances, and will simply do it. That explains the disappearing Cromwell. yet why? What’s the assumption? ” “For the affection of heaven,” acknowledged Aubrey. “Let’s come again to Brooklyn once we will. God merely is familiar with what can have occurred. idiot that i used to be, to leave and go away these ladies on their own. Triple-distilled lunacy! ” “My expensive fellow,” acknowledged Roger, “I was once the idiot to be lured off via a faux mobilephone name. Judging via what you are saying, Weintraub should have labored that still. ” Aubrey checked out his watch. “Just after three,” he acknowledged. “We can’t get a teach until four,” stated Roger. “That ability we can’t come back to Gissing road until eventually approximately seven. ” “Call them up,” acknowledged Aubrey. They have been nonetheless within the inner most workplace on the rear of Leary’s. Roger used to be recognized within the store, and had no hesitation in utilizing the phone. He lifted the receiver. “Long Distance, please,” he stated. “Hullo? i need to get Brooklyn, Wordsworth 1617-W. ” They spent a bitter twenty-five mins looking forward to the relationship. Roger went out to speak with Warner, whereas Aubrey fumed within the again place of work. He couldn't take a seat nonetheless, and paced the little room in a fidget of impatience, tearing his be careful of his pocket each jiffy.