The Nineteenth Hat

The Nineteenth Hat


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The Nineteenth Hat by Arnold Bennett







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The Nineteenth Hat


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nly Mrs. Cheswardine perceived that next door but one to the automobile shop was a milliner's. She sat up and gazed. According to a card in the window, an "after-season sale" was in progress that June day at the milliner's. There were two rows of hats in the window, each hat plainly ticketed. Mrs. Cheswardine descended from the car, crossed the pavement, and gave to the window the whole of her attention.

She sniffed at most of the hats. But one of them, of green straw, with a large curving green wing on either side of the crown, and a few odd bits of fluffiness here and there, pleased her. It was Parisian. She had been to Paris--once. An "after-season" sale at a little shop in Torquay would not, perhaps, seem the most likely place in the world to obtain a chic hat; it is, moreover, a notorious fact that really chic hats cannot be got for less than three pounds, and this hat was marked ten shillings. Nevertheless, hats are most mysterious things. Their quality of being chic is more often the fruit of chance than of design, particularly in England. You never know when nor where you may light on a good hat. Vera considered that she had lighted on one.

"They're probably duck's feathers dyed," she said to herself. "But it's a darling of a hat and will suit me to

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(1910) Humor / Periodical

Taken from 'McClure's Magazine' Volume 35, May - October, 1910
Plot bullets

His wife wants another hat.
There is a time when a man must put his foot down.
Why is the nineteenth hat, that time?
Well, he said the eighteenth was the last.
Money is not the object. It's the principal of the thing.
The time honored struggle between husband and wife begins.