Mr. Punch in the Highlands

Mr. Punch in the Highlands

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Excerpt: ...beginning the meal with tremendous gusto. The eggs and bacon disappeared in the twinkling of an eye, and then we fell to on the light feathery scones. "Wish we hadn't wasted a fortnight's time and money in ruinous Highland hotels. Wonder what Schiehallion thinks of hot baths and late dinners, not to speak of waiters and wine-lists." "I suppose," remarked Gwendolen, "one could get a bath at the Temperance Inn we passed on the road?" "Baths!" cried I. "Why, my dear, one only has to go and sit under the neighbouring waterfall." Gwen did not laugh, and looking up I saw she had stopped in the middle of a scone on which she had embarked with great appetite. "Try an oat-cake," I suggested. "No, thanks," said Gwen. "A little more jelly?" Gwen shook her head. I finished my meal in silence and pulled out my pipe. "Going to smoke in here?" asked Gwen. "It's raining outside, my dear." "Oh, very well. But remember this is my bedroom. I decline to sleep with hens." I put the pipe away and prepared for conversation. "Can't you sit still?" asked Gwen after a long pause. "This chair is very hard, dear." "So is mine." "Don't you think we might sit on the bed?" "Certainly not. I shouldn't sleep a wink if we disarranged the clothes, and only an expert can re-make a chaff bed." "Wish we had something to read," I remarked, after another long pause. Pg 98 "Do you expect a circulating library on the top of Ben-y-Gloe?" I began to realise that Gwen was no longer in a conversational mood, and made no further efforts to break the silence. Half-an-hour later Gwen came across the room and laid her hand on my shoulder. "What are you reading, dear?" she asked. "I find we can get a train from Struan to-morrow afternoon which catches the London connection at Perth when the train's not more than two hours late." "We can't risk that. Isn't there a train in the morning?" "It would mean leaving this at five." "So much the better. O Jack, if I eat another meal like that it will more

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  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
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  • English
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  • 1236702719
  • 9781236702715