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Author: Charles Dickens
Published: 1870
Language: English
Wordcount: 8,623 / 29 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 83.3
LoC Category: PR
Series: Queen's Quorum
Downloads: 3,475
mnybks.net#: 2184
Origin: gutenberg.org
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Slinkton. There he was, standing before the fire, with good large eyes and an open expression of face; but still (I thought) requiring everybody to come at him by the prepared way he offered, and by no other.

I noticed him ask my friend to introduce him to Mr. Sampson, and my friend did so. Mr. Slinkton was very happy to see me. Not too happy; there was no over-doing of the matter; happy in a thoroughly well-bred, perfectly unmeaning way.

'I thought you had met,' our host observed.

'No,' said Mr. Slinkton. 'I did look in at Mr. Sampson's office, on your recommendation; but I really did not feel justified in troubling Mr. Sampson himself, on a point in the everyday, routine of an ordinary clerk.'

I said I should have been glad to show him any attention on our friend's introduction.

'I am sure of that,' said he, 'and am much obliged. At another time, perhaps, I may be less delicate. Only, however, if I have real business; for I know, Mr. Sampson, how precious business time is,

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 5 from 1 reviews: *****
2007.05.01
R Stephan
*****

Short and crisp character study, or mystery, if you prefer.


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