A Man of Means

A Man of Means
A Series of Six Stories

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A Man of Means by Pelham Grenville Wodehouse

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1916

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A Man of Means
A Series of Six Stories

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The Episode of the Landlady's DaughterThe Episode of the Financial NapoleonThe Episode of the Theatrical VentureThe Episode of the Live WeeklyThe Diverting Episode of the Exiled MonarchThe Episode of the Hired Past

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f extraordinary strategy eluded the brothers and reached the railway-station, Roland, with his ticket to London in his pocket and the express already entering the station, was engaged in conversation by old Mr. Coppin, who appeared from nowhere to denounce the high cost of living in a speech that lasted until the tail-lights of the train had vanished and Brothers Frank and Percy arrived, panting.

A man has only a certain capacity for battling with Fate. After this last episode Roland gave in. Not even the exquisite agony of hearing himself described in church as a bachelor of this parish, with the grim addition that this was for the second time of asking, could stir him to a fresh dash for liberty.

Altho the shadow of the future occupied Roland's mind almost to the exclusion of everything else, he was still capable of suffering a certain amount of additional torment from the present; and one of the things which made the present a source of misery to him was the fact that he was expected to behave more l

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Through no fault of his own, Roland Bleke, a one-time second clerk in a provincial seed-merchant's office, collects unappealing fiancees and undeserved riches. This series of six stories recounts his befuddled efforts to become unencumbered of the first without losing too much of the latter. Though not so funny as Wodehouse's later works, they're a quick and lightly humorous read.