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Observations of an Orderly

Some Glimpses of Life and Work in an English War Hospital

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Author: Ward Muir
Published: 1917
Language: English
Wordcount: 35,878 / 110 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 59.6
LoC Category: U
Audiobook: librivox.org
Downloads: 715
Added to site: 2006.02.02
mnybks.net#: 12634
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: War, Health, Audiobook
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ngs in Hut 6. There might have been an even number, twenty-two, but one bed's place was monopolised by a stove (which in winter consumed coke, and in summer was the repository of old newspapers and orange-peel). The hut, accordingly, presented a vista of twenty-one beds, eleven along one wall and ten along the other, the stove and its pipe being the sole interruption of the symmetrical perspective. Above the beds ran a continuous shelf, bearing the hut-inhabitants' equipment, or at least that portion of it--great-coat, water-bottle, mess-tin, etc.--not continually in use. Below each bed its owner's box and his boots were disposed with rigid precision at an exact distance from the box and boots beneath the adjacent bed. In the ceiling hung two electric lights. These, with the stove, beds, shelves, boxes and boots, constituted the entire furniture of the hut--unless you count an alarm-clock, bought by public subscription, and notable for a trick of tinkling faintly, as though wanting to strike but failing, in t

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