Brighouse, Harold The Marbeck Inn; A Novel

ISBN 13: 9780217091985

The Marbeck Inn; A Novel

9780217091985: The Marbeck Inn; A Novel

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1920. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XXV WHOM GOD HATH JOINED Peter Struggles walked into his tobacconist's and put his snuff-box on the counter. There was no need to state his requirements; in fact, he had not stated them for many years. Shopman and customer understood each other very well, and business came first; then if there was inclination, as there usually was, talk followed. To-day, however, the shopman gaped at Peter in surprise, and made a half-turn of his head, so that he could see his calendar. Wednesday was Peter's day for buying snuff with a regularity to which time had given the force of a tradition, and the tobacconist had even the habit of using Peter's visit as a reminder to a fallible memory that he must wind his clock. The calendar confirmed him in his belief that to-day was Thursday, and he felt sure that Peter had been in as usual on Wednesday. Peter had. Snuffing, of course, is a wasteful habit in any case, and a shaking hand misses the target more freely than a steady one; but, for all that, Peter, in his mental anguish, had consumed in one night the better part of his week's supply of snuff. The box was indubitably empty. He had not come to replenish it without some conscientious qualms--an allowance is an allowance--but he felt that life which comprised Ada in her present mood and did not comprise snuff, was beyond bearing. Ada was, it seemed, inevitable: he must mitigate Ada. "The usual, if you please, Thomas," he unusually said. "Yes, sir," said Thomas, filling the box. "You've had a little accident?" "An accident? Oh!" Then the fitness of that guess struck him. "Yes, Thomas, a little accident. By the way, do you know anything about divorce?" "Well, sir, I read the Sunday Judge," Thomas replied deprecatingly. "Very human subject, sir, divorce." "You find i...

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