The Flaw in the Sapphire
During the two days succeeding, Dennis, true to the apprehensive calculation natural to the unemployed, did not propose to rest upon the assurances of his Irish friend in the publishing house.
Anything untoward might occur.
In fact, he was familiar with this seamy side of Providence.
He had been so often misled by promises that it was only his wholesome Celtic faith and prompt capacity to rebound which kept him from becoming entirely blasé.
His experience, however, left him alert. So he applied industriously at various establishments for employment, and received his first lessons in the courteous duplicity which ostentatiously files the application for future reference, and the cruel kindness of frank rebuff.
On the morning of the third day of this futile foray, Dennis noticed that the exposed bosom of his dickey was not altogether presentable.