Anonymous Essay

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a man of means A MAN OF MEANS A Series of Six Stories

By Pelham Grenville Wodehouse and C. H. Bovill From the _Pictorial Review_, May-October 1916

CONTENTS THE EPISODE OF THE LANDLADY'S DAUGHTER THE EPISODE OF THE FINANCIAL NAPOLEON THE EPISODE OF THE THEATRICAL VENTURE THE EPISODE OF THE LIVE WEEKLY THE DIVERTING EPISODE OF THE EXILED MONARCH THE EPISODE OF THE HIRED PAST

THE EPISODE OF THE LANDLADY'S DAUGHTER First of a Series of Six Stories [First published in _Pictorial Review_, May 1916] When a seed-merchant of cautious disposition and an eye to the main chance receives from an eminent firm of jam-manufacturers an extremely large order for clover-seed, his emotions are mixed. Joy may be said to predominate, but with the joy
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His age was twenty-two and his name was Roland Bleke. "Please, sir, it's about my salary." Mr. Fineberg, at the word, drew himself together much as a British square at Waterloo must have drawn itself together at the sight of a squadron of cuirassiers. "Salary?" he cried. "What about it? What's the matter with it? You get it, don't you?" "Yes, sir, but----" "Well? Don't stand there like an idiot. What is it?" "It's too much." Mr. Fineberg's brain reeled. It was improbable that the millennium could have arrived with a jerk; on the other hand, he had distinctly heard one of his clerks complain that his salary was too large. He pinched himself. "Say that again," he said. "If you could see your way to reduce it, sir----" Page 2
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a man of means It occurred to Mr. Fineberg for one instant that his subordinate was endeavoring to be humorous, but a glance at Roland's face dispelled that idea. "Why do you want it reduced?" "Please, sir, I'm going to be married." "What the deuce do you mean?" "When my salary reaches a hundred and fifty, sir. And it's a hundred and forty now, so if you could see your way to knocking off ten pounds----" Mr. Fineberg saw light. He was a married man himself. "My boy," he said genially, "I quite understand. But I can do you better than that. It's no use doing

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