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Punch, or the London Charivari

Vol. 146, April 8, 1914

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Author: Various Authors
Published: 1914
Language: English
Wordcount: 13,021 / 46 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 82.4
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 296
Added to site: 2007.10.15
mnybks.net#: 18550
Genre: Humor
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"Time enough," he said.

I continued by a reference to the advantages which we enjoyed over our fathers and grandfathers in the multiplicity of cheap books. "Those wonderful sevenpennies!" I said.

He agreed. He had often spent ten minutes at a junction in looking at them.

"And the shilling books," I said. "The more serious ones--'Everyman's Library,' and all that sort of thing. Most remarkable!"

He had noticed those too, but still he offered no views of his own.

I saw that he was one of the uncommunicative kind. Information must be drawn forcibly from him.

"And the two-shilling novels," I said--"they're wonderful too."

I But his eyes did not light; his I purple mask kept its secrets.

"The two-shilling ones," I repeated, with emphasis on the price. Hang it, how slow he was.

Still he said nothing.

"So much better than the old yellowbacks at that figure," I said.

He was, if anything, more silent.

Clearly I must plunge. "

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