Sir F. Chook, Inventor of Leopard Oil

Likeness captured upon a daguerrotype machine in Japan, July 1891


Wherein the Author reflects upon certain topical & personal issues of the Day.

Pride & Prisoner

Penned upon the 12th of April, 2007

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.

However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighbourhood, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the surrounding families, that he is considered the rightful property of some one or other of their daughters.

“Welcome, sir!” said she, as he steadied his horse at a clump of delicious hedge.

“Where am I?”

“This is our village, sir, and we’re very happy to have you as a guest here. You’ll find that Pritherfield is vacant if you’re looking for a house. Otherwise The Red Crab has very fine rooms, though of course I should not expect you to need to lodge at a public house, sir.”

“What do you want?”

“Well, sir, we were all so hoping you might attend our local dance to-morrow night. Sir Grilliam Blacknell hosts it and it is a very fine way to meet everybody, particularly handsome young ladies. You won’t find any handsomer than my daughters, though there will be a very many ladies interested in meeting a gentleman such as yourself, earning seven thousand a year.”

“I am not a number — I am a free man!”

“Oh, you are a funny sort, Mr Six! Do promise you’ll come to-morrow night, and bring your featureless spherical sister.”

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Commentary upon “Pride & Prisoner”

  1. Meaghan was heard to remark,

    Upon the 14th of April, 2007 at 4:18 pm,

    Hear, Hear!

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