Gullible's Travels

and Other Stories

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Author: Ring Lardner
Published: 1917
Language: English
Wordcount: 43,512 / 117 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 78.7
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,563
Added to site: 2005.07.07
mnybks.net#: 10885

Five long short stories--excerpts from the life of one zany couple--detail the traumas of breaking into society, a visit from a maiden sister, an evening at the opera, and a couple of exceptional games of bridge, all told in the popular, uncultured vernacular of early twentieth century Chicago.

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and that's her cue. She puts on a song number and a Spanish dance, and then she slips her bouquet to the Chink, though he ain't sang a note since the whistle blowed. But now it's one o'clock and Genevieve and the rest o' the girls beats it back to the coffin factory and the vags chases down to the Loop to get the last home edition and look at the want ads to see if they's any jobs open with fair pay and nothin' to do. And the soldiers mosey into the garage for a wellearned rest and that leaves Don all alone on the stage.

But he ain't no more than started on his next song when back comes the Michaels girl. It oozes out here that she's in love with the Joss party, but she stalls and pretends like his mother'd sent her to get the receipt for makin' eggs fo yung. And she says his mother ast her to kiss him and she slips him a dime, so he leaves her kiss him on the scalp and he asks her if she can stay in town that evenin' and see a nickel show, but they's a important meetin' o' the Maccabees at Janesville

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