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Forty Minutes Late

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Published: 1909
Language: English
Wordcount: 6,339 / 25 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 85
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 636
Added to site: 2007.12.04 19253
Genre: Short Story

my hand was thrust out--and a thin voice trickled this sentence:

"You're considerable late sir--our people have been in their--"

"I am what!" I cried, straightening up.

"I said you were forty minutes late, sir. We expect our lecturers to be on--"

That was the fulminate that exploded the bomb. Up to now I had held myself in hand. I was carrying, I knew, 194 pounds of steam, and I also knew that one shovel more of coal would send the entire boiler into space, but through it all I had kept my hand on the safety-valve. It might have been the white waistcoat or the way the curved white collar cupped his billiard-ball of a chin, or it might have been the slight frown about his eyebrows, or the patronizing smile that drifted over his freshly laundered face; or it might have been the deprecating gesture with which he consulted his watch: whatever it was, out went the boiler.

"Late! Are you the man that's running this lecture course?"

"Well, sir, I have the management

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3 from 1 reviews: ***

This is a short I didn't like the first time I read it. Upon reading it again I thought it to be humorous, and well thought out.



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