Sir F. Chook, Inventor of Leopard Oil

Likeness captured upon a daguerrotype machine in Japan, July 1891


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The Most Boring Man in Fallen London, Part Fourteen

Posted upon the 29th of August, 2015

The Cuttlefish cut through the waters of Carissa’s Point and directed its bow towards London. Mr Porter, propped against a packing-crate, snored loud enough to drown out the engine, while his children attended to the tiller with wordless efficiency. Doctor Taupe-Wainscot recalled their previous voyage, and the sinister ship that had followed them along the […]

The Most Boring Man in Fallen London, Part Thirteen

Posted upon the 7th of January, 2015

The mood was solemn in the little steam-launch as it puttered its way around the headlands. Doctor Taupe-Wainscot suppressed a shiver, though what breeze there was was not terribly cold. He’d seen some queer things in his fifty-six years, but the sight of that monstrosity lurching over their bows, ready to drag them below the […]

The Most Boring Man in Fallen London, Part Twelve

Posted upon the 11th of July, 2014

The sum that Doctor Taupe-Wainscot had received from the Department proved to be more than adequate for his project of securing the Widow’s home. Up-to-date locks and shutters had been fitted to the doors and windows, and a sturdy but not indecorous grating now covered the sitting-room skylight. The workmen had been most attentive to […]

The Most Boring Man in Fallen London, Part Eleven

Posted upon the 4th of May, 2014

When Doctor Taupe-Wainscot joined his hostess for breakfast, she was little less cheerful for the disruptions of the morning, but she did have another portion of gloom to deliver as she poured him a cup of tea: the ratcatchers had refused to make their collections on their street that day, claiming that they’d been stopped […]

The Most Boring Man in Fallen London, Part Ten

Posted upon the 26th of March, 2014

The final days of the Feast had come, and Doctor Taupe-Wainscot had enjoyed a subdued but steady string of social engagements. He had messages bearing sedate well-wishes… “Doctor, please enjoy this small token of my regard in celebration of the Feast. I hope you are enjoying the local twist on the old-fashioned festival. How are […]

The Most Boring Man in Fallen London, Part Nine

Posted upon the 28th of February, 2014

It was a little over a week since the Masters had officially declared the Feast of the Exceptional Rose, and Doctor Taupe-Wainscot had settled into something resembling a routine. Each day in London brought new challenges – argumentative tradespeople; scientific-theological challenges from the vicar; a kind of vicious shambling fungus that kept everyone out of […]

The Most Boring Man in Fallen London, Part Eight

Posted upon the 16th of February, 2014

Doctor Taupe-Wainscot woke with a spasm and a splutter. He was in the colony of the dead… no, it was just a dream; he was in Lowestoft- no, in his rooms at… where was he? Oh, yes; London, the widow’s house. The gathering of the day before had unsettled his nerves. He found the matches […]

The Most Boring Man in Fallen London, Part Seven

Posted upon the 7th of February, 2014

Doctor Taupe-Wainscot felt oddly cheered as he stepped from the cab. He had gone unarmed into the lair of the… well, he wasn’t sure what the fellow had been, but he seemed of low origins and almost certainly up to no good… and set him against the greater foe. He had gone up against the […]