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The Cost of Kindness

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Published: 1909
Language: English
Wordcount: 1,171 / 10 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 73.8
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 1,864
mnybks.net#: 3964
Genre: Satire
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s. An example of Christian benevolence was among them that did honour to the Church.

Here a retired wholesale clothier from the East-end of London--a short, tubby gentleman who had recently taken the Manor House--was observed to turn scarlet.

A gentleman hitherto unknown to them had signalled his advent among them by an act of munificence that should prove a shining example to all rich men. Mr. Horatio Copper--the reverend gentleman found some difficulty, apparently, in deciphering the name.

"Cooper-Smith, sir, with an hyphen," came in a thin whisper, the voice of the still scarlet-faced clothier.

Mr. Horatio Cooper-Smith, taking--the Rev. Augustus felt confident--a not unworthy means of grappling to himself thus early the hearts of his fellow-townsmen, had expressed his desire to pay for the expense of a curate entirely out of his own pocket. Under these circumstances, there would be no further talk of a farewell between the Rev. Augustus Cracklethorpe and his parishioners. It would be th

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 5 from 1 reviews: *****
2009.06.19
blueberryfriend
*****

This is my favorite short by Jerome, so far. A town tries to overthrow their unlikeable priest with a small dose of kindness, that turns to competitiveness, and may ultimately jeopardize their goal. Absolutely entertaining.


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