Paul Volume 2

Paul Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...strain leg after leg, muscletightened, up the hill, The road was a. ribbon of re flected sun, the sky was brass above, and as if his life depended on his speed, he breasted the ascent. Then came the peaceful level at the top, and the long hill to descend. That, too, after his exertions, was good; he sat still just to see the woods and hedgerows flying by him, and it was with exultation almost that he remembered how much out of his way he had come. So much the better; there was still the ride through the park, and the descent by the Star and Garter Hotel. Then came the hill down into Richmond, and the shop where there might be the shield-top spoon. All that noon there was no break in his determined joie de vizire, in the confirmation of his plan, and it was nearly six when he reached Chelsea again. The shield-top spoon had left the shop, and his five pounds had not found an adequate exchange; but it was in the glow of earned heat that he dismounted and dragged his bicycle up the steps into his house. Bath, cold bath, was the proper sequence, and then two hours at the clay till dinner. He did not want tea, he never had tea.. There was a flask of whisky in his sitting-room and a syphon, all just as usual. After this long grilling in the sun, after a twenty-mile ride too, it was only natural to be thirsty. The pail of ice also was irresistible; it clinked over the whisky, and the syphon hissed over it. But he wanted his bath too, so he would just have one short cold drink. He even ran upstairs and turned on the tap of the bath first so that he could not linger. But as there was to be only one drink it might be liberal. How many men took a whisky-and-soda at this hour without having ridden twenty miles! Surely, so he said to himself, he was...show more

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  • Paperback | 60 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236800478
  • 9781236800473