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Quality and Others

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Author: John Galsworthy
Language: English
Wordcount: 18,236 / 56 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 80.9
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 2,825
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Excerpt

retching out to him my youthful foot:

"Isn't it awfully hard to do, Mr. Gessler?"

And his answer, given with a sudden smile from out of the sardonic redness of his beard: "Id is an Ardt!"

Himself, he was a little as if made from leather, with his yellow crinkly face, and crinkly reddish hair and beard; and neat folds slanting down his cheeks to the corners of his mouth, and his guttural and one-toned voice; for leather is a sardonic substance, and stiff and slow of purpose. And that was the character of his face, save that his eyes, which were grey-blue, had in them the simple gravity of one secretly possessed by the Ideal. His elder brother was so very like him--though watery, paler in every way, with a great industry--that sometimes in early days I was not quite sure of him until the interview was over. Then I knew that it was he, if the words, "I will ask my brudder," had not been spoken; and that, if they had, it was his elder brother.

When one grew old and wild and ran up bills, one someho

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4.2 from 6 reviews: *****
2015.08.07
M.C. Harris
*****

This story is a classic, not only in its own narrative, but is symbolic of all the progress-tragedy duo of constantly changing life. When the loyal proponents become casualties of a newer, brusker, supposedly more efficient, less sensitive manner of modern progress, much humanity is lost. Or so it seems at the time.

2012.02.09
Rein
*****

I read this a few weeks ago. I was reading all the short stories in my English book and I found this. It was so touching, I was crying when I finished it. The tears started falling when Mr. Gessler's brother died. It's truly an amazing piece of art!

2007.09.24
chamae
***..

i love this story it touches my heart so deeply......even Mr.Gessler died in that story he even finish the shoes....huhuhu...love it...

2006.07.30
Anonymous
****.

As I read Quality, it kind of tickled me inside the chest. This is a very good touching fiction. Poor Mr. Gessler the shoemaking ol' freak. Galsworthy rocks.

2006.06.27
sharon olalia
*****

John Galsworthy is one of the best writers of all time. His short story "Quality" has touched me when I first read it as a teenager. After reading it again today, I am not surprised that it still affects me dearly. No wonder, I have not forgotten it for the past 10 years.

2005.03.28
Hien
***..

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