Excerpt from The Milky Way
There was no evading the fact that my luck had left me - left me so completely that my nerve suddenly failed me and I wrote to Harry and Said Yes. With the letter in the pocket of my one and only coat I sat on Penzance quay and wished I had a hundred a year of my own.
A small steamer of some 400 tons was awaiting the afternoon tide to make the harbour, and gazing at her idly, I thought over my decision. Was I glad I had agreed to marry Harry? How absurd it sounded Marry Harry, Harry marry I It would be good to be taken care of and to have no anxiety about the morrow, of that much I was sure. I had just finished a set of water-colour illustrations to a book on Cornwall for Messrs. Heriot Dale, which they had no sooner received than they went bankrupt. Farewell to the fat little cheque which meant a winter in Paris, farewell to a winter anywhere save in the workhouse, for I had exactly thirty-eight Shillings and threepence left in the world. It was the final blow, for having just recovered from a bad attack of ﬂu, I was still a worm and no man.
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